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Ogun: Neuropsychiatric Hospital Trains Over 120 Health Workers On Mental Health Services

Dr. Paul Agboola

ABEOKUTA - Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Aro, Abeokuta, has trained nothing less than 120 Primary Health workers in Ogun state on mental health services in the last one year.


The Provost, Neuropsychiatric hospital, Aro, Abeokuta, Dr. Paul Agboola disclosed this on Sunday at a press conference commemorating the 2021 World Mental Health Day.


Dr. Agboola said the hospital is training the PHC's health workers to improve the workforce in the area of mental health services as majority of the practitioners have either resigned or relocated.


He said the trainings organized by the hospital was to take mental health campaigns to the people at the grassroots.


He explained that the training will allow the health workers have minimal requirement to identify some mental health conditions and how to manage some of them.


He added that the Neuropsychiatric Hospital also engaged the services of  specialists, consultants, psychiatrists to visit communities across the state in tackling mental health challenges. 


Agboola who noted that the hospital has been training health workers since 2009 stressed that Neuropsychiatric, Aro is adopting both the physical and technological means of treating people with mental health challenges. 


He added, "WHO recommended that we trained other health workers on the minimal requirement to identify some mental health conditions and how to manage some of them. 


"We trained specialists, consultants, psychiatrists that go to the community, they work with us and they are being paid by us, but they go to the community everyday. The best thing is to treat people in their community. 


"Since 2009, we have trained people in primary health care centres across the state. 


"We have trained over 120 health workers in our primary health care centres in the last one year.


"We also do special courses for the health workers and this has really helped us." 


Speaking on the essence of the World Mental Health Day, Dr. Agboola said it is a period to celebrate people with mental issues. 


He stressed that the  programme is to sensitized the people on how to take care of their mental issue. 


According to him, the World Mental Health Day is a day set aside by World Health Organization every year to provide opportunity to raise Mental Health awareness and to help people with mental illness live better lives with dignity.


Dr. Agboola noted that, the theme for this year, "Mental Health In An Unequal World", is to provide opportunity for Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Aro, Abeokuta, the foremost Psychiatric Hospital in Nigeria to raise awareness on mental health issues and how the Hospital had mobilized resources over the years to provide greater access to mental health care delivery in the Hospital, community and on the international scene.

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