FCT Minister advocates enlightenment campaigns on mental health

FCT Minister advocates enlightenment campaigns on mental health

The Nigerian Federal Capital Territory Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello has urged the Association of Psychiatrist in Nigeria to embark on public enlightenment and education campaigns on issues of mental health especially in the cases of drugs abuse, depression and suicide.

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The Minister who was represented by the General Manager, Asokoro General Hospital, Dr Mohammed Kawu, gave the advice at the 52 Annual General Scientific Meeting (AGSM) Abuja 2021 of the association, held in Abuja Nigeria.

 
The theme of the AGSM was, ” Mental Health and National Development in Nigeria: A call for action.


 
The minister said that mental health in Nigeria was often not given the prominence it deserves because patients and their families usually choose not to speak out or seek professional help for fear of stigmatisation.

 
” It is therefore imperative that your association embark on public sensitisation campaign to shed more light on the issues of mental health.

 
” Your theme for this gathering which is Mental Health and National Development in Nigeria: A call to Action, is therefore very timely, and germane.

 
” I will therefore like to underscore the importance of this meeting which has brought together leading Psychiatrist from within and outside the country.

 
” There is no doubt that this gathering will advance the frontiers of Psychiatrist practice in Nigeria,” Bello said.

 
Earlier, the President of the association, Prof.

Taiwo Sheikh, said the national development of any country rests on the well being of its citizens.

 
” In the same vein we know that there is no health without mental health.

It is no only an adage but a stark reality.

 
” I believe our erudite academics and highly experienced clinicians are here and ready to dwell thoroughly into this theme that aptly captures the present state of our country.

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Also, Dr Olusola Ephraim-Oluwanuga, Consultant Psychiatrist and Head of Department of Psychiatrist, National Mosque, Abuja, said the programme would contribute immensely towards addressing issues of mental health in the country.

 
 
 
FCT Minister advocates enlightenment campaigns on mental health

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