Borno Govt Trains 60 Medical Workers on Mental Health

The Borno State Government, in partnership with the World Bank through the Multi-Sectoral Crisis Recovery Project, has conducted a five-day training session in Yola, where 60 medical professionals were equipped with skills in mental health and psycho-social support.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that the participants were selected from various healthcare facilities across the state, emphasizing the importance of addressing psychological trauma, particularly prevalent among individuals exposed to harrowing experiences caused by insurgent activities.

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Prof. Abubakar Kullima, representing the Chief Medical Director of the state Health Management Board, pointed out the necessity of integrating mental health and psycho-social support into the curriculum of health education institutions and advocating for regular training sessions for healthcare workers.

Dr Falmata Baba-Shettima of the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital Maiduguri stressed the criticality of trauma management in overall human health.

Dr. Ibrahim Adamu, one of the presenters in the training, emphasized the global significance of mental health, noting the alarming gap in treatment accessibility due to economic challenges and lack of awareness.

Dr Asmau Chibadu, in her part, explained that the training was aimed to enhance the identification, management, referral, and treatment of mental health conditions alongside trauma.

The participants, Dr. Ogualiki Placy and Dr. Ishaku Dickson, expressed appreciation for the training describing it as enlightening.

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They acknowledged that the training would substantially contribute to their professional knowledge.


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