The National Association of Nigeria Students (NANS) has called on the Federal Government to increase its investment in psychiatric hospitals, in view of the vulnerable state and economic challenges of people with mental disorders.
Mr Adamu Kichinga, NANS Zonal Coordinator in charge of Zone ‘A’, made the call on Saturday when he led NANS executives and other members on a facility tour of the Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital (FNPH), Kware, Sokoto State, as part of the association’s activities towards its national conference.
Kichinga, who represented the National President of NANS, Mr Sunday Adedayo, said that the association organised a national conference, after its 40 years of existence, at the Sokoto State University to review its constitution.
“NANS was in Sokoto for its constitutional review conference, where the association reviewed its 40-year-old constitution.
“The reviewed constitution was signed at the Sokoto State Government House, in the presence of the Sokoto State governor, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal,” he said.
Kichinga said that to enable the association to examine development projects, members undertook tours of the state and Federal Government institutions, including FNPH Kware.
He lauded the transformation of the hospital under the leadership of Prof. Shehu Sale, who had distinguished himself as an astute healthcare administrator and eminent psychiatrist par excellence.
The association’s leader presented the NANS Meritorious Award and installed Sale as NANS’ National Ambassador, in recognition of his philanthropic services, students’ welfare and overall development of the hospital.
Speaking, Dr Abdullahi Ibrahim, former Medical Director of FNPH Kware, said that the hospital had witnessed remarkable progress in terms of upgrade of existing facilities and consolidation of skilled manpower development.
He said that the hospital had also recorded an expansion of its services in providing integrated healthcare services to the people.
Ibrahim said: “I am on ground and witnessed different progress and development in all aspects of hospital services, all under the leadership of Prof. Shehu Sale.
“The NANS recognition of Sale is merited and justified, due to the great transformations recorded in the hospital.
“Sale renovated all the wards; the administrative block and the staff quarters of the hospital were upgraded to modern standard, including installation of gates, perimeter fence, road networks, street lightings, laboratories and pharmacy,” Ibrahim said.
According to him, total bed spaces and staff strength have been doubled, under Sale’s stewardship, as well as the restoration of the full accreditation status of the post-basic Psychiatric Nursing School of the hospital.
Responding, Sale thanked NANS leaders for the recognition, saying that it would serve as a motivation to boost his efforts at uplifting healthcare services.
He urged the management and staff of the hospital to continue their support to attain excellence in the hospital’s service delivery.
He noted that the Federal Government had also funded new major projects under its COVID-19 interventions like the Molecular Laboratory, Intensive Care Unit and Isolation Centre, while commending the Minister of State for Health, Dr Olorunnimbe Mamora, for his support for the hospital.
Sale added that the completed projects were already impacting positively on service delivery in the hospital.
He said that the projects would also facilitaye efforts to deliver improved healthcare to the hard-to-reach communities, in line with the Federal Government’s commitment to the provision of Essential Healthcare Services to the citizenry.