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Vanguard Newspaper 24 June 2019

34 — Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2019

SUICIDE: Nigerian doctors acquire skills to tackle Post Traumatic

Stress Disorder

By Chioma Obinna

IRKED by the rising cases

of suicide in Nigeria,

MeaningfulWorld, an

Association for Trauma

Outreach and Prevention,

ATOP, last week trained

Nigerian doctors

comprising of

psychiatrists, clinical

psychologists, psychiatric

nurses & resident doctors,

and social workers among

other professionals at the

Lagos University Teaching

Hospital, LUTH, on how

trauma could lead to

suicide as well as different

healing therapies for

individual's level of


This is coming at a time

most Nigerians have been

victimised and traumatised

by various religious,

community violence as well

as the current banditry

attacks. Unfortunately, little

or nothing has been done on

the mental health of the


In a chat with Good

Health Weekly, during the

one- day workshop

organised by Department of

Psychiatric, LUTH, the

Founder/ President of ATOP,

who is also a professor of

Psychology College,

Columbia University, Dr Ani

Kalayjian said ATOP was

concerned about the level of

trauma Nigerians in

conflicts areas must be going


According to Kalayjian,

Nigeria is currently top in

Africa with suicide rate and

ranks 15th in the world. She

blamed the upsurge to age -

long trauma that most people

have passed through without


She said most of the

trauma which now blossom

to Post Traumatic Stress

Disorder, PTSD, may have

been handed over to people

by their great grandparents

that never healed usually

known as 'horizontal

violence' in their practice.

"A lot of religious

motivated fights and burning

of mosques and churches, all

these comes from horizontal

violence, when the trauma is

not healed. These people keep

a lot of pasts for a long time

they cannot negotiate or

communicate, they are

depressed so this trauma,

frustration and

disappointment continue to

grow until it blows and there

is no way to go out and then

blows horizontally. That is

why brothers and sisters kill

each other in different

countries because they don't

know what to do with their


Stating that PTSD has

been implicated in suicide,

she explained that high

trauma causes despair and

hopelessness, depression

which all leads to Post

Traumatic Stress Disorder.

*L-R: Clinical Psychologist, Lagos University Teachjing Hospital, LUTH, Dr Juliet

Ottoh, Professor of Psychology College, Columbia University, Dr Ani Kalayjian, and

Medical Social Worker, Mrs Perpetua Oni during a workshop on Post Traumatic

Stress in Lagos recently.

Lagos doctors seek reforms in state health system

By Chioma Obinna

MEDICAL doctors

under the employ of

Lagos State Government have

tasked Governor Babajide

Olusola Sanwo-Olu on the need

to prioritise reforms in the state's

health sector. The doctors under

the auspices of Medical Guild

in its congratulatory message

signed by the Chairman, Dr

Babajide Saheed noted that the

health sector was an important

sector in socio-economic

development, as the provision of

affordable, accessible and

qualitative healthcare to the

populace is of primary

importance in the drive towards

attainment of a developed society.

Setting an agenda for the new

governor, they argued that

development in the health sector

can be achieved through

recruitment of more health

workers to replace staff that left

the system.

They further stressed that for

the state to provide qualitative

health care that would meet

international standards; the

governor must embark on

infrastructure development in

the Health sector with the

provision of standard and wellequipped

primary, secondary

and tertiary health institutions in

the state. Also, they demanded

the extension of retirement age

of medical doctors from 60 years

to 65 years, with the cessation of

contract appointments, to allow

experienced hands to continue

to provide useful service, thus

enhancing the quality of


"There is need to appoint

medical doctors as permanent

secretaries in the state’s health

agencies in accordance with the

Lagos State Health Reform Law

of 2006 for effective and

comprehensive administration

in the health sector."

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