By Oluwafunke Ishola
A Clinical Psychologist, Dr Perpetua Chia, has warned that high consumption of false information and conspiracy theories about COVID-19 could lead to mental health breakdown, severe illnesses and death.
Chia, Head of Department, Clinical Psychology, Federal Medical Centre, Makurdi, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday in Lagos.
She said the rate at which false information about COVID-19 was being consumed was causing further damage to people’s mental health and increasing death from the disease.
According to her, heightened anxiety about the pandemic could release chemicals and hormones that could affect the immune system of the body.
Chia, also the Vice-President, Nigeria Association of Clinical Psychologists, appealed to the Federal and State Governments to take more steps to stem the tide of false information regarding the pandemic.
She noted that COVID-19 pandemic created global panic and major health emergencies with increasing mortality figures that ran into millions.
“The state of shock and anxiety is yet unabated despite efforts by medical science to provide succor and solution,” she said.
The clinical psychologist said that the epidemic was characterised by public anxiety, and advised the public to stay calm and comply with all necessary medical science counsel.
She also advised that people should access information from authorised and reliable sources, engage in activities that would assist them relax and eat healthy meals to boost their immune system. (NAN) (nannews.ng)