The Disease Called Insecurity

Insecurity; everyone has heard one thing or the other about it. I’m sure many inquisitive minds would either grab a medical dictionary call a medical friend or go to Google to investigate this new disease….I’m glad I got your attention and you need to follow this train of thought all through this short piece.

It’s not news again to read comments all over the social, mass and print media about names of girls from Chibok and recently pupils from Dapchi. It’s really pathetic! There’s so much danger associated with these shows of insecurity and many of such problems have been analyzed politically, but my perspective is strictly and entirely health related.

Those  Directly  affected: the victims

Psychiatric problems : Fear, anxiety, depressive illness, suicidal ideations are a few of psychiatric problems they can experience if they survive the ordeal.

Rapes and sexually transmitted diseases

Teenage pregnancies and criminal abortions

Physical Abuse -Trauma, fatigue

Psychosocial abuse – Exposures & “brain washing” and training them for terrorism

Substance abuse exposures

Physical hazards- Extremes of Temperature

Biologic Hazard- Bites, Injuries

Those  Indirectly affected: parents and loved ones/Community

Psychological:  Stigma, Depression, Mental breakdown

High Blood pressure and Stroke (CVDs)

Heart Attacks

Peptic Ulcer Disease

Acute Asthmatic Attacks

Environmental (especially Air) land and sea pollution

Worsening of Health Indices – for example failure to eradicate Poliomyelitis till date in Nigeria is strongly linked to Insecurity

Emigration of Health workers out of such Regions

Increase in traditional harmful practices

Collapse of Health Care System

Increase of internally displaced and Refugees

In Conclusion,

People’s security is a prerequisite for a peaceable, constructive and collective existence in which individuals have the best chance to live in a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being. People’s insecurity is a massive global health issue and, at the end of the day, when taken for granted it generates serious immediate and futuristic consequences on the health sector with evidence of worsening of human health indices.


Adequate and prompt medical, psychosocial, physical treatment and rehabilitation plans by Government for victims and others concerned is essential.

Government can build motivation and confidence in health workers by proper orientation and training on insecurity with incentives.

Lastly, those concerned with international health issues, including ministries of health cannot simply focus on the promotion of health alone, but also on the protection of health through policies and collaborations

Thanks for reading!

What is your view on the issue of security and its impact of health? I would love to hear from you!

The author, Dr Ibukun Adebayo a Public Health specialist trained as a doctor at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife Nigeria. He currently works at Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, Nigeria. Dr Ibukun is the Clinical Lead for MyMedicalBank

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