The Federal Neuro Psychiatric Hospital, Oshodi Annexe, Lagos; and a non-governmental organisation, the Childhood Neuropsychiatric Disorders Initiative, have come together to tackle childhood neuropsychiatric disorders by organising a one-week workshop.
The workshop coordinator, Dr. Masheedat Bello-Mojeed, said the training, which started on Monday, was meant for training and equipping primary health care workers, on how to diagnose
“There are just about 150 neuropsychiatrists all over the country, and Lagos-based federal hospital is the largest centre. When patients troop here on Tuesdays and Thursdays, you will notice that there are few personnel to attend to them.
“So, this training is for primary health care workers and it dwells on early detection and early interventions in childhood neuro-developmental disorders. It will help in reaching out to the grass roots communities, thereby stemming the tide of such disorders,” she said.
In his own remarks, the chairman of CNDI and consultant psychiatrist, Dr. Muideen Bakare, noted that after the workshop, health workers were expected to go back to their communities, interview mothers, and identify children with the disorders for timely intervention.