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Family health: Plans to establish clinic at Sokoto Psychiatric Hosp. underway – MD



Plans are underway to establish a family health clinic at the Federal Neuro Psychiatric Hospital (FNPH), Kware in Sokoto State, to address the negative perception of mental health.

Dr Shehu Sale, Medical Director (MD) of the hospital, made this known in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Kware, Sokoto State on Thursday.

Sale expressed concern over the rising number of abandoned psychiatric patients at the hospital, largely due to stigmatisation.

The associate professor and master trainer with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) expressed confidence that the clinic, when established, would strengthen mental healthcare delivery and lessen the burden of shame and abandonment due to mental illness.

He commended the Federal Government for its efforts in giving the hospital a face lift in infrastructure.

He further commended the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, for his concern towards development of the hospital.

According to him, Ehanire’s visit during his tenure as Minister of State for Health, contributed immensely to the transformation in the health facility.

“The Minister’s visit and that of members, House of Representative Committee on Health, has resulted in the increase in capital budgetary provision to the institution.

“Projects such as the construction of a perimeter fence to secure the hospital land, a smaller fence to secure the hospital buildings and renovations of the wards and outpatient departments among others, have been undertaken,’’ Sale said.

He added that the hospital’s management had within its resources also conducted some direct repairs and renovations, aimed at providing comfortable offices, wards, accommodation for personnel and other structures.

According to him, the hospital has 600-bed space with 40 in-patients, while most others come in as out patients for consultation.

Sale, however, said some of the major challenges still confronting the hospital were poor power supply and dearth of essential personnel to effectively manage the proposed family clinic, pharmacy, laboratory and other specialised departments.


Edited by Nyisom Fiyigon Dore

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