Management of West African College of Nursing, WACN, and Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Enugu, has announced its plans to induct former Enugu State Governor, Barr. Sullivan Chime into its hall of fame.
Mr. Afam Ndu,Coordinator of the programme, who made this known at a press briefing in Enugu, said Chime would be the first to be thus recognised by the college and hospital, owing to his visible and development strides in the state while in power.
“The college and hospital believes in recognising excellence, that is why we deemed it fit to induct ex-Governor Chime into our hall of fame; He will stand in history as the first person to receive that particular honour from the hospital and the reason is obvious.
“Anybody who was in Enugu eight years ago will not deny the fact that we have turn-around maintenance of infrastructural facilities in this state.”
He added that the immediate past minister of power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo would be the guest lecturer at the hospital’s 2nd public lecture, where he would speak on psychiatry and mental health in Nigeria: prospects and challenges.
“We have also chosen a high ranking professor, Venerable Chinedu Nebo for our public lecture and we are sure it is going to be a harvest of fresh insight into psychiatric and mental health in Nigeria,” Mr. Ndu said.
He added that while Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State would be the Chief Guest of Honour, the chairman of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria, ALGON, Enugu State, and Chairman of Enugu East Council Area, Hon. Cornelius Nnaji would receive the college’s award of excellence on public
He equally announced the commencement of the Hospital’s one-week certificate course in “Adult and Geriatric Psychiatry, which is for “doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and all health care providers, military, para-military, workers, NGOs and stakeholders.”
Ndu explained that the aim of the programme, which would be in conjunction with the WACN, “is to equip the health care providers with the knowledge and skills necessary to render mental health care to the clients both at the facility and the community.
“It is a fact that substance abuse in Nigeria is on the increase, especially alcohol for both women and men. It is also a fact that the economic situation is getting worse. Both are precipitators and maintaining factors of mental illness.”