The Federal Neuro Psychiatric Hospital, Kware and the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) sokoto state council are collaborating to promote mental health in Sokoto state.
According to the Medical Director of the Hospital, Dr. Shehu Saleh, the partnership is very necessary in view of the importance of the media in public enlightment and education.
He identified depression and illicit drugs among the common causes of mental illness in the north west.
He added that some patients were born with mental disorder which would not manifest until they reach maturity.
He advised Nigerian on regular medical check up to know their mental health status.
He noted that the hospital was the least charged in the country, despite their myriad of challenges, ranging from shortage of fund, epileptic power supply among others.
According to him, they were spending N2.5 million on dissel monthly.
Saleh said that both manpower and infrastructures improved significantly in the hospital.
“I recruited 13 doctors since my assumption as Medical Director of the hospital two years ago and the whole hospital is undergoing renovation,” he said.
Dr. Saleh who was responding to the speech of the chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Isah Abubakat Shuni who led members of the state working committee on a familiarization visit to the hospital, said they were treating their patients without any form of discrimination.
He added that there was a cordial relationship between the hospital and host communities, hence their resolve to allow them tap from their electricity and water system as well as using their 4,600 miters of land for farming.
He commended the state government, the Senator representing Sokoto Central, Alhaji Aliyu Wamakko and the member, representing Kware-Wamakko constituency, Ahmad Kalambaina for their sustained support to the hospital.
“The state government according to the MD had provided us with ambulance, medical equipment and drugs to our patients while the Senator built a rehabilitation centre for us in addition to food items and promised to do more for the hospital while Kalambaina is currently executing 2 kilomiters constituency road in the hospital,” he said.
Earlier, Shuni has commended the Medical Director for the massive renovation in the hospital, which he described as one of the best in terms of service delivery in the country.
Shuni called on government to subsidize psychiatric treatment, as many people could not afford the charges.
He assured the hospital of unalloyed support and cooperation of their members.