It’s no secret that the economy in Nigeria is tough. Being in a recession means that there is less money in circulation and there are more unemployed people. But what does this mean for people’s health. How is this recession affecting people’s health? I am going to tell you what I have observed from myself and from the hundreds of patients I see every day.
More people are self-medicating
What I’ve seen is people falling sicker, maybe it’s the stress, the anxiety or the overall depression, but people are falling sicker. Despite this, they are spending less on their health. More people are self-medicating, and a lot of people try to ignore symptoms with the hopes that it would go away and they would not have to address it. People who are on regular medications for chronic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes are switching to cheaper brands, and the ones that were able to buy 3 or 6 months’ supply in advance are barely buying one month’s supply.
Now within the healthcare system: drugs right now are way more expensive than they were even 3 months ago. The prices have been on a steady rise. It’s not shocking seeing that almost 80% of the drugs we consume are imported, and the ones that are not have their ingredients imported. Some hospitals have laid off their staff because of reduced revenue and inability to pay salaries as well.
So, how has your health been affected by this recession?