Musa Na Allah Sokoto
Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Commission has supported Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital (FNPH) Kware in Sokoto state and Yaba in Lagos with infrastructural renovation, patients’ rehabilitative and empowerment equipment.
The FNPH Kware Medical Director, Professor Shehu Sale, disclosed this to newsmen on Tuesday in Kware, Sokoto state.
Sale said the effort was part of the ECOWAS Commission’s pilot support intervention for selected substance use treatment facilities in the member states.
”Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital Yaba, Lagos, and the Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Kware, Sokoto were selected as approved facilities.
The Medical Director noted that the gesture was aimed at promoting a public health approach toward addressing substance use disorders by providing equipment and services that would enhance the treatment and recovery of people with substance use disorders.
”It was based on guided reports of the 2019 ECOWAS Empirical Survey on Substance Use Treatment in member states and the National Drug Use Survey,” he added.
Sale, a Master Trainer for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and an International certified addiction professional explained that the selected facilities have duly undertaken pre-qualification assessments before they were selected.
”Before qualifying for the intervention, each facility had conducted a comprehensive needs assessment of the recreational facilities, rehabilitative services, and vocational equipment for the treatment of substance use disorders, ” he said.
According to him, the ECOWAS Commission has undertaken procurement processes and awarded contracts that included the renovation of the Drug Addiction Treatment, Education and Research (DATER) ward building, and the construction of a lobby for recreational activities.
He said the Commission also installed an overhead water tank and pumping machine.
”In the procurements, ECOWAS commission installed Alternative Power Supply (APS), provided empowerment training tools that included Industrial Sewing Machines, Hair Dressing Salon and Barbing equipment as well as Gymnastics items for recreational activities.
”Other items supplied in the DATER ward under the support program included two sets of Table Tennis special aluminum American outdoor tennis board, two sets of Snooker boards, three sets of Monopoly, three sets ludo, three sets of Chessboard, three sets of scrabbles, indoor games.
”Other equipment supplied are 2.5HP Fitness Treadmill with body massager and eight Ergometer Stationary Magnetic Exercise Bike, Sale said.
He further explained that substance use disorder is a pattern of substance use that causes clinically and functionally significant impairment, such as health problems, relationship problems, and failure to meet major responsibilities at work, school, or home.
The Consultant Psychiatrist noted that substance use has taken an increasing and disturbing trend in the North and Sokoto state in particular since the report showed the strategic location of the hospital in the border town to Niger republic.
”This has also led to the influx of individuals with substance use from neighboring countries, ” Sale added.
“This intervention by ECOWAS Commission has strengthened the substance use unit for a better and more comprehensive service and this will curb the increasing trend in the Northwest region of Nigeria and neighboring countries”. Stated the professor.
He commended President Muhammadu Buhari, the ECOWAS Commission, and Ministers of Health over the effort that would surely enhance productivity in mental health administration.
Our correspondent reports that Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital Kware is one of the nine Tertiary Specialist Psychiatric hospitals established in 1996 with potential in terms of manpower and health professionals attending to the challenges posed by mental health issues.
The hospital provides inpatient acute treatment, outpatient treatment, psychotherapeutic intervention, and rehabilitation for individuals with sustenance use disorders.