Psychiatrist tasks health workers on ICT, modern awareness

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Dr Shehu Sale, the Medical Director of Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Kware in Sokoto State, has advised health workers to explore the the use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) and other media platforms to improve their knowledge and skills.

Sale gave the advice on Monday, while inaugurating a Public Relations and Publication Committee for both the hospital and the Post Basic Psychiatric Nursing School.

He said the committee was constituted to assist the hospital in its quest to promote its corporate image and disseminate its services to the public.

The medical director added that the committee was expected to enhance good relationship between the hospital, media organisations and the public through its activities.

He urged health workers to at all times, display professionalism and be abreast with modern information dissemination tools for increased productivity within the system and society.

Sale, a Consultant-Psychiatrist, noted that with modern ways of acquiring knowledge through ICT skills, the world had become a global village and urged members of the committee to join the trend to remain relevant in their profession.

The director said the Kware mental facility had been repositioned through manpower development initiatives, in line with best international practices.

He added that “I ensured renovation of the post basic school of psychiatric nursing, and regained accreditation for the Federal School of Post Basic Psychiatric Nursing. Other efforts include improvements in residency training, employment of more resident doctors and training, in line with the regulations of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria and the West African College of Physicians.”

He added that plans were under way to establish a family health clinic at the hospital to address the negative perception of people as regards mental issues.

The consultant expressed confidence that the clinic, when established, would strengthen mental healthcare delivery.

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

He commended the Federal Government on the ongoing renovation works in the hospital which would provide comfortable offices, wards, accommodation and other structures.

The medical director said among the projects under construction was a fence to enhance security of the premises.

He added that the hospital’s management had within its limited resources, carried some direct repairs and renovations.

Sale, who is also an associate professor and master trainer with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), called on the media to assist in educating people on the stigma associated with mental health, saying “it discourages people from seeking help.”

Responding on behalf of committee members, the Chairman, Mr Bello Dogondaji, thanked the medical director for confidence reposed in them and and gave assurance to live up to the expectation.

Dogondaji lauded the commitment and achievements of the medical director that had brought new lease of life to the institution.

Bilkisu Pai