A psychiatrist with the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Lokoja, Doctor Egbeola Collins stated this in an interview with newsmen in Lokoja.
Doctor Egbeola who is also the chairman of the Federal Medical Centre Lokoja Chapter of the Medical and Dental Consultant Association of Nigeria, said health has different pillers including physical health which deals with the generalty of the body, the social health and the mental health; emphasising that health is the total wellness of the three pillers.
According to him, mental health is largely determined by culture, nothing that what constitutes normalcy in a culture can be abnormal in another culture.
His words “what is normal is what can be tagged as socially acceptable, what constitutes normalcy can be a function of different parameters. If you move across culture, what is normal in one culture might be abnormal in another culture. For example, if you are greeting a Yoruba man, in Yoruba culture as a man, you are expected to prostrate. However, if you are in the United States and you greeted a citizen that way, people around might thought you are abnormal. Another thing is the frequency of a behavior. For instance, if you are greeting a Yoruba man in a Yoruba environment and continue to prostrate incessantly. Even in Yoruba culture, such behavior can now be Said to be abnormal. So normalcy depends on the culture, the frequency and the acceptability of a specific behavior”.
He further explained that the consumption of narcotics substances are responsible for a larger percentage of mental illness and urged youths to avoid being trapped by hard drugs.
According to him, the consumption of psychoactive substance can hamper human behavior and judgement which can heavily affect family relationship and production at work.
He noted that hereditary factors can also be responsible for mental health condition.
On government’s intervention on rehabilitation process for those who are mentally challenged, Doctor Egbeola who explained that there is shortage of psychiatric doctors in the country urged government to operate insurance policies for those with mental health issues.
He also emphasised the need to to consult medical personnel for diagnosis and treatment of those in such condition and warned against all forms of stigmatization and victimisation.
FCTA Flags-Off Mass Vaccination Against COVID-19
The Federal Capital Territory Administration has flagged off mass vaccination campaign against the spread of COVID-19 pandemic, targeting over 1.5 million residents in the next 50 days across the six area councils.
FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, while performing the exercise at the Old Parade ground in Abuja, noted that the rapid spread of the virus emphasizes the need for an aggressive response and improved efforts to contain the infection and protect residents of the territory.
The minister assured residents that the Administration was taking up the challenge of improving on routine immunization, diseases surveillance, outbreak preparedness and response services as well as strengthening the primary Health Care scheme implementation in the FCT.
Aliyu revealed that with the receipt of donated high quality medical equipment worth over 700,000 USD, the equipment would contribute immensely to improve quality of healthcare services in the primary and secondary health facilities with better health outcomes in the territory.
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She also added that financing primary healthcare has improved steadily in the Federal Capital Territory Appropriation Act from 2019 to 2021, with over 30 percent increase on the previous year (2020) funding provision.
In her words: “The rapid spread emphasizes the need for an aggressive response and improved efforts to contain the infection and protect citizens in all countries of the world. Unfortunately, the disease continues to spread worldwide at an alarming rate, demanding decisive and stringent actions to curb the scourge. However, vaccination with safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines is a critical part of FCT strategy to control the COVID-19 pandemic”.
The minister commended the continued support of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), and other partners for their collective responsibility, while pledging that the FCT Administration would continue to work with partners to improve the reach and sustain COVID-19 vaccination in the FCT.
FCTA Permanent Secretary, Mr. Olusade Adesola, in his remarks reiterated that the Administration would continue to enforce the ‘no mask no entry’ restrictions at public places and regular hand washing campaign or the use of hand sanitizers, with not less than 70 percent alcohol base in all public places, including worship places.
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Represented by the Director Operations, Planning and Strategy, Mr. Samuel Atang, the permanent Secretary called on all staff and residents of the territory to take this campaign very serious by making themselves available, including their family members, friends to take the COVID-19 vaccination.
“The vaccine has been certified by WHO to be safe. I therefore urge residents to disregard all negative perceptions about the vaccine”, he stressed.
In his remarks, the Executive Director National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Faisal Shuab, thanked President Muhammadu Buhari, for his unrelenting commitment to the course of COVID-19 vaccination in Nigeria, which has been ranked by the World Health Organisation as the best in Africa and 4th best in the world.
Goodwill messages were delivered by development partners, traditional rulers, chairmen of area councils, president of National Council of Women Societies (NCWS) religious leaders amongst others.
Eye Plus Vision Africa Set To Offer Free Eye Treatment For 230 Patients In Toto LG.
By Sadiq Abubakar, Abuja.
A Non Governmental Organization (NGO) Eye Plus Vision For Africa Initiative is to commence free eye treatment to 230 patients in Toto local government area of Nasarawa state.
A statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the Chairman on Media and publicity, Idris Yahaya, which was made available to newsmen on Monday, said, the chairman of the NGO, Dr. Baribiae Nyieyete, disclosed this when he led his team on a courtesy visit to the council chairman of the area, Honorable Aliyu Abdullahi Tashas in his office, Toto LGC secretariat.
He said though, the organization will be carrying the exercise in collaboration with the Nasarawa state Ministry of health, which he said his team decided to seek official support from the council boss before commencing the exercise.
Responding, the chairman of Toto local government Hon. Aliyu Abdullahi Tashas, thanked the NGO for including Toto local government to be among local government to benefit from the free eye treatment.
He assured that his adminstration was ever ready to give all the necessary and logistics support to the NGO in order to ensure a hitch- free exercise in the area.
The event had in attendance Deputy Chairman of Toto LGC, Hon. Abubakar Haruna Kwanakis and some other prominent council officials.
Toto LG Chairman, Tasha’s Receives in Audience Eye Plus Vision For Africa Initiative
In a press statement signed by Senior Special Assistant, SSA, to the Chairman on Media and Publicity, Yahaya Idris, said the Chairman Toto local government council, Hon. Aliyu Abdullahi A. Tashas has played host to a Non Governmental Organization, NGO, Eye Plus Vision for African Initiative in his office, on Monday.
The NGO, is in collaboration with Nasarawa State Ministry of health through Primary Health Care Development Agency, under the supervision of Dr. Baribiae Nyieyete is out to provide a medical out reach especially on eye related problems.
The Chairman who was highly elated with their presence and services rendered to other areas, called on them to replicate same gesture to the people of Toto local government.
He said his office is wide open for any relevant organization within and outside the shore of his Toto LG especially those that has something to offer the people would be giving adequate support. He said.
Speaking on behalf of the NGO, Dr. Baribiae Nyieyete said they were in Toto particularly in the office of the Executive Chairman to seek his official support before commencing their programme in the area.
He thanked the Executive Chairman for the hospitality done them and assured of rendering the best services to the people of the area.
Highpoint of event, the organization equally conducted a medical test on some LG officials, Executive Chairman and Deputy Chairman respectively.
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