A Psychiatric Nurse, Prof. Fatai Badru, on Wednesday called for a holistic approach to address causes of suicide in Nigeria.
Badru made the call at a forum to mark the 2019 World Mental Health Day celebration in Lagos.
The programme was organised by the Association of Psychiatric Nurses of Nigeria ((APNON), Lagos Chapter, Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba.
Theme of the programme was: “Suicide Prevention; Global Challenges and Future Direction.”
He said that the increasing rate of suicide made it pertinent for stakeholders including governments, families, policy-makers and organisations to collectively look at the causative factors of suicide with a view to addressing them.
Badru said that identifying and proffering solutions to causes of suicide remained the first step to be taken in tackling the issue of suicide.
He said that suicide was most committed in low and middle-income countries, listing depression, emotional trauma, economic challenges, neglect, financial imbalance, joblessness, among others, as some possible causes of suicide.
According to him, suicide as a deliberate fatal self-harm, accounts for 1.5 per cent global death; for each attempted and successful suicide tends to affect about six people.
Badru said that suicide was more common among adults and young adolescents between 15 and 39 years of age.
“The rate of suicide incidence in Nigeria today is no doubt alarming and very disturbing. Most shocking is the fact that younger ones are not excluded from the worrying trend.
“Nigeria ranked 67th in the world base on suicide and ranked number one in West Africa in suicide rate.
“Depression is likely the major cause of suicide. People are depressed for various reasons, ranging from loss of loved ones, mental problems, and occupational, economic and financial problems, among others.
“The nation’s socioeconomic environment is one of the factors that could lead to depression and possibly suicide.
“Suicide, as a multi-sectorial issue, requires efforts of all stakeholders in the society, but if the government can make policies that would address the economic challenges in the country, the rate of suicide incidence will reduce to a great extent,” the expert said.
In his remarks, the Chairman of APNON, Lagos State chapter, Mr Timothy Alabi, called for creation of more job opportunities and improvement on remunerations and welfare of the workforce.
Alabi said that government should create more job opportunities, not necessarily clerical jobs, but provision of some vocational jobs for citizens, particularly youths for them to be gainfully engaged.
He said that the unemployment crisis had created generation of graduates who could not find jobs, with many losing hope in the future.
Alabi, however, stressed the need for creation of more awareness campaign on the causes of suicide and how it could be prevented.
“The government should adopt policy that will aim at adding value to people’s life by ensuring that the basic amenities are provided to aid living standards of the citizens.
“Government should also create awareness of suicide at all levels of care. Create jobs for youths.
“Parents and family should avoid putting undue pressure on their dependants or children on any issue,” he said.
Also, a Chief Matron, Mrs Olaoni Fatimetu, said that there was need for Nigeria to return to the old communal way of lifestyle where people care for one another.
Fatimetu, also the Chairman, National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), said that the use of social media had reduced the communal relationship among Nigerians.
He said that people no longer have time to relate and discuss one on one with each other.
According to her, social media contribute to suicide cases, because people see and get information on the fastest means of committing suicide through the social media.
She said that a child lost his life because he was going through emotional challenges and called for the attention of his mother who did not attend child’s call immediately because she was pressing phone.
“Because of social media, people no longer create time to discuss and pay attention to other’s needs. Parents no longer have time for their children.
“Somebody may be going through emotional challenge, but may not have the opportunity to physically express the situation due to discussions done through social media.
“Such person may end up killing himself because nobody is available to counsel him one on one,” she said.
Fatimetu urged Nigerians to shun the attitude of self-centered behaviour, which had become rampant in the society.
According to her, our society is fast transforming from the communal Africa tradition one where you are your brother’s keeper and collective interest of all matters to a more secluded one.
“Nigerians should shun the idea of `is about me, my wife and my children’ to embrace brotherly love and care for one another.
“Everybody should work together to stop this act.
“Words of encouragement should be given to those experiencing trial times around them. The rich should stretch their helping hands to the poor,” she said. (NAN)
Edited by Olagoke Olatoye
Court remands mother who allegedly drowned baby, orders psychiatric evaluation
An Igbosere Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Wednesday ordered that a 22-year-old woman, Oluwafunmilola Adisa, be remanded in the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) psychiatric department for evaluation.
The police arraigned Adisa for allegedly drowning her one and half year old daughter.
Magistrate K.O. Doja-Ojo, who did not the plea of Adisa, adjourned the case until June 26 for the outcome of the psychiatric evaluation
Cardoso alleged said that the suspect killed her one and half-year-old child, by drowning her inside a bucket of water.
According to the prosecutor, the offence contravened the provisions of Section 223 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Section 223 provides death as punishment for murder.
The Director, Office of the Public Defender, Lagos State, Dr Babajide Martin’s, prayed the court to remand his client in a hospital for psychiatric evaluation.
Edited By: Sadiya Hamza (NAN)
COVID-19: Federal Neuro-Psychiatric hospital, Sokoto mandates use of face mask, sanitisers
The Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Kware in Sokoto State, has mandated its workers and visitors, to use face masks and sanitisers as part of measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
The Medical Director of the Hospital, Dr Shehu Sale, told newsmen on Sunday in Sokoto that the hospital had adopted the strategy to ensure the safety of visitors, patients on admission and workers.
Sale said the hospital’s COVID-19 committee had also directed all personnel to use Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) at all times.
According to him, all categories of workers are mandated to use face masks to cover their mouth and nose while visitors are also encouraged to do so.
“It is compulsory for all the frontline service providers in the hospital to use hand gloves and constantly use sanitisers while on duty.
“Hand washing instruments and soap are provided at strategic points in the hospital for every visitor and hospital community members to use,’’ Sale said.
He added that screening points have also been established to monitor visitors and ensure everyone adhere to these safety practices.
“Workers are enjoined to adhere to physical distancing and other government approved measures to guard against the spread of the disease.
“We ensure two-metre patients’ bed spacing arrangement and physical distancing in the Out-patient Department (OPD).’’
He advised hospital workers to avoid crowds, adding that physical meetings had been suspended in the facility.
The medical director said that the measures were in line with the directives of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to contain the spread of coronavirus.
He commended the federal government’s efforts in containing the spread of the COVID-19.
He urged the public to channel any complain of laxity on precautions in the hospital to 07064759888.
Sale further said that the hospital has begun the production of hand sanitisers for protection of the hospital community against the disease.
Edited By: Modupe Adeloye/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)
COVID-19: Sokoto psychiatric hospital restricts admission of patients
The Federal Neuro Psychiatric Hospital Kware in Sokoto, on Friday renewed its directives on restriction of visitors and admission of patients to the the facility as part of measures to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.
The hospital’s Head of Administration, Mr Abdullahi Gada in a statement made available to newsmen in Sokoto, said that the hospital now only accepts patients on emergency.
Gada said the hospital’s Covid-19 committee had directed all personnel to use Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) at all times.
According to him, all category of workers were mandated to use face masks to cover their mouth and nose while visitors were also encouraged to do so.
”It is compulsory for all the frontline service providers in the hospital to use hand gloves and constantly use sanitizers while on duty.
“Hand washing instruments and soap are provided at strategic areas and entrances into the hospital for every visitor and hospital community members to use ” Gada said.
The hospital head of administration added that screening points have been reenforced to monitor visitors and subject them to maximum scrutiny.
“Workers are enjoined to adhere to social distancing and other government approved measures to guard against the spread of the disease.
“We ensure two-metre patients’ bed spacing arrangement and discourage congestion in the Outpatient Department (OPD),” Gada added.
He advised workers in the hospital to avoid crowds, adding that meetings had been suspended in the facility.
Gada said that the measures were in line with the Federal Government’s directives to contain the spread of Coronavirus.
He commended the federal government’s efforts in containing the spread of the COVID-19 and urged the public to channel any complain of laxity on precautions in the hospital to 07064759888.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the hospital had begun the production of hand sanitizers for use by its personnel.
Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)
Psychiatric Hospital, Sokoto, produces hand sanitisers for protection against COVID-19
The Federal Neuro -Psychiatric Hospital, Kware in Sokoto State, has begun the production of hand sanitizers for protection of the hospital community against COVID-19.
Dr Shehu Sale, the hospital’s Medical Director told the Nigeria News Agency on Wednesday that the production was sponsored by the hospital’s management.
Sale said the production of the sanitisers had commenced at the Occupational Therapy d
Department of the hospital.
He noted that the effort would save cost and improve the capability of the hospital’s experts as well as resources available, which he said could be utilised in different areas by organizations, individuals and others in the country.
Sale said that the management had restricted the number of persons who could visit the hospital due to concerns over the Coronavirus pandemic.
According to him, the hospital was only accepting patients considered as emergencies for now in compliance with the Federal Government’s directives on reduction of health workers at a particular time into the facility.
“All categories of workers are enjoined to adhere to thrpe social distancing irder and other government approved measures to guard against the spread of the disease.
”We ensure a two-metre patients’ bed p-spacing arrangement and discourage congestion in the Outpatient Department,” Sale said.
He advised workers in the hospital to avoid overcrowding, as ordered by the authorities, adding that meetings had been suspended in the facility.
The Medical Director said that patients at the hospital were being enlightened through health talks on prevention, precaution and other remedies that can help them guide against the disease.
He urged workers to ensure proper use of protective masks, hand gloves, sanitisers, and disposal of waste.
Edited By: Razak Owolabi/Peter Dada
Buhari appoints Medical Directors for Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital Calabar, FMC Jalingo
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointments of Dr Bassey Eyo Edet and Dr Aisha Adamu as Medical Directors for Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Calabar, Cross River and Federal Medical Centre, Jalingo, Taraba, respectively.
The President’s spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, who confirmed this development in a statement in Abuja on Thursday, said Edet’s appointment as Medical Director, for an initial term of four years, took effect from March 25, 2020.
Edet hails from Akpabuyo Local Government Area of Cross River, and graduated from University of Calabar in 1998.
He is a Fellow of the National Postgraduate Medical College in Psychiatry, and also Fellow of the National Institute of Management Consultants.
Aisha Adamu is a Consultant Physician astroenterologist/Hepatologist.
She hails from Karin-Lamido Local Government Area of Taraba, and graduated from the University of Maiduguri in 1995.
She completed her Residency in 2008, and received Fellowship of the National Postgraduate Medical College.
”Her appointment as Medical Director for an initial term of four years takes effect from March 25, 2020,” the presidential aide further stated.
Edited By: Felix Ajide
Sokoto Psychiatric hospital restricts visitors during COVID-19 pandemic
The Management of the Federal Neuro Psychiatric Hospital (FNPH) Kware, Sokoto, on Thursday began restricting who can visit hospitals due to concerns over the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The Head of Clinical Services of FNHP, Dr Danjuma Aboida, in a statement in Sokoto, also said that the hospital is only accepting patients with emergencies for now.
Aboida said the hospital has complied with the Federal Government’s directives on reduction of health workers at a particular time in the facility.
”Those medical doctors showing signs of health concerns have been directed to go off work.
”They were all enjoined to adhere to social distancing and other government approved measures to guard against the spread of the disease.
”We ensure 2m patients’ bed spacing arrangement and discourage congestion in the Outpatient Department (OPD).
He advised workers in the hospital to avoid overcrowding, as ordered by the authorities, adding that meetings were suspended in the facility.
The head of clinical services said that patients at the hospital were being enlightened on health talks on prevention, precautions and other remedies for the disease.
He urged workers to ensure proper use of protective masks, hand gloves, sanitisers, including proper disposal of waste.
Edited By: Folorunso Poroye/Sadiya Hamza
Mental Health: Accreditation team commends Sokoto Psychiatric hospital
Mental Health: Accreditation team commends Sokoto Psychiatric hospital: A Professor of Psychiatric Medicine, Prof. Jude Ohaeri, on Monday commended the achievements recorded by the management of Federal Neuro Psychiatric Hospital (FNPH), Kware, Sokoto state.
Ohaeri gave the commendation when he led other experts on accreditation visit to the FNPH Kware to determine if it meets the requirements of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria for continuous speciality training for medical doctors in the country.
”I am overwhelmed with the modern state of the art equipment, manpower and infrastructural facilities in the hospital.
”I commended the management under the leadership of Dr Shehu Sale; this has demonstrated his commitment to the development of the hospital and the speciality.
”These will surely translate to enhanced productivity and efficient services to the population as well as overall development of mental health,” Ohaeri said.
He said the accreditation is a five year activity which the hospital needed to satisfy before obtaining full accreditation for training.
”The accreditation is part of the key requirements to ensure practice and knowledge improvement in order to facilitate speciality training.
”The exercise is an objective study of manpower, equipment and infrastructure to ensure that the facility is competent to train doctors and become experts on their own.
”We are very impressed with what is on the ground at FNPH Kware in recognition of how the institution started and now become excellent place.
”Kware Hospital has good hands, modern tools and facilities besides being the cheapest in the country.”
He called on people to access the facility and cautioned them against seeking alternative therapy and patronizing unprofessional healers, adding that accessing mental health at early stage help to solve the perceived challenges.
The expert commended the federal government for supporting the hospital and appealed for release of appropriated funds to the hospital.
He decried that mental health has not been given adequate attention globally, compared to other areas such as and Malaria.
A panel member, Dr Monday Igwe, who is the Chief Medical Director of Federal Neuro Psychiatric Hospital (FNPH) Enugu, also commended the hospital management of the hospital for transforming the facility.
Dr Omole Friday, a Board member of FNPH Kware said the hospital’s transformations was to successfully undertake its mandate as a complete tertiary institution for training, research and services.
He also commended the management on careful utilisation of allocated funds which facilitates achievement of targeted goals.
Edited By: Celine-Damilola Oyewole/Maharazu Ahmed
Sales rep bags 2 years in jail for stealing drugs from Yaba Psychiatric Hospital
A Yaba Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State on Thursday sentenced a 31-year-old sales representative, Etop Iboro, to two years’ imprisonment for stealing drugs worth N398,000 from his employer, Yaba Psychiatric Hospital.
The Magistrate, Mrs S.O. Obasa, held that the prosecution proved its case beyond reasonable doubt.
Obasa did not give the sales representative an option of fine.
She said that the prosecution was able to prove both counts of breaking-in and stealing through the four witnesses it called and the exhibits it tendered.
“I hereby pronounce you, Etop Iboro, guilty, and sentence you to two years’ imprisonment on count one and count two,” she held.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the police arraigned Iboro on July 4, 2019, on a two-count charge of break-in and stealing from employer.
He had pleaded not guilty to the offences and was granted bail.
The Prosecutor, Sgt. Godwin Oriabure, had submitted that Iboro broke into the hospital’s pharmacy through a window at 2a.m., on June 13, 2019, and stole the drugs.
Oriabure said that when the hospital noticed that the drugs were missing, it conducted a search and the stolen drugs were found in Iboro’s cupboard.
Yaba hospital admits 727 psychiatric patients in 2019
The Medical Director of the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba (FNPHY), Lagos, Dr Oluwayemi Ogun, on Wednesday said the hospital admitted a total of 727 psychiatric patients this year.
Ogun, made the disclosure at the hospital’s 2019 Presentation of the Medical Director Score Card in Lagos.
She said the 727 admitted psychiatric patients was in contrast to the 720 patients admitted in 2018, representing one per cent increase.
The Medical Director said that a total of 61,154 patients visited the hospital in 2019 (comprising both outgoing and admitted patients), compared to 40,502 patients in 2018, representing 51% increase.
According to her, the number of psychiatric patients under observation rose from 89 patients in 2018 to 262 patients in 2019, which represents 194 per cent increase.
Ogun said investigations showed that 294 psychiatric cases were caused by drug abuse in 2019, in contrast to 235 cases in 2018, representing 25 per cent increase.
She said that the hospital recorded 450 per cent increase of deaths, as a total of 11 patients died within the year under review, when compared to two dead psychiatric patients recorded in 2018.
She explained that the hospital had requested for more psychiatric doctors the Civil Service Commission as resident doctors of the hospital embarked on one month strike in August this year due to shortage of doctors.
“Presently, the hospital has a total of 67 doctors which comprises of 21 consultant psychiatrists, one family physician, 28 resident doctors, eight locum residents doctors and nine corp members.
“In its desire to propagate mental awareness to the grassroots, the hospital in conjunction with BellaVista Development Institute, opened an outreach centre in August 2019 at Badore Ajah, Lagos,” she said.
On the way forward for 2020, Ogun said the hospital management hoped to intensify public/private partnership efforts towards the maintenance of all hospital structures, roads, kerbs and drainages.
She, however, said there was need for the hospital to start operating with electronic medical record system, which she said would not only boost mental health delivery in Nigeria but would also enhance productivity of the hospital.
According to her, efforts will be made in the coming year to drive the internally generated revenue of the hospital towards sustainability and profitability.
“In 2020, it is the wish of the hospital to commence Electronic Health Record System. It is believed that this will reduce waiting time spent to acquire health care services in the hospital.
“The hospital, however, hopes for an increase in allocation of fund by the Federal Government,” she added.
Edited by: Wale Ojetimi
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