LASG to convert Majidun Rehab Centre to psychiatric hospital – Commissioner



The Lagos State Government, on Wednesday, said it was working to make the Majidun Rehabilitation Centre at Ikorodu a full functioning psychiatric hospital.

The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Olajide Idris, made the disclosure at the Annual General Meeting of the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Yaba, Lagos.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the theme of the AGM was: “Mental Health Promotion; Life Stressors and Mental Health; Coping Skills as a Tool for Safeguarding the Mind.”

Represented by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Health, Dr Oreoluwa Finnih, Idris stressed the need for the state to have its own functional psychiatric hospital.

He said that establishing more psychiatric hospitals in country would help to improve the practice of psychiatric.

According to him, there exists an urgent need to adopt a Mental Health Policy for state, saying that government is working towards actualising it.

Lack of functional regulations on mental health issues affects psychiatric practice in Nigeria, thereby depriving both the practitioners in the field and people with mental challenges of their rights.

With the existence of mental health law and equipped psychiatric hospitals, all the modalities for treatment and management of the mentally-ill, including access to medical services, the modalities and resources of mental health will be made available,” he said.

Contributing, a Consultant Psychiatrist with Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Dr Olurotimi Coker, urged medical practitioners to develop skills for managing stress in order to avoid depression and burnout syndrome.

According to Coker, Nigerians, particularly medical practitioners, undergo a lot of stress, which can result in depression or even mental disorder, adding that they commit suicide more than other professionals.

Studies show that 35 percent of doctors are experiencing depression and burnout syndrome and one to three physicians die by suicide everyday in the USA due to stress.

To manage and cope with stress, medical practitioners must develop entrepreneurial mindset. They must set realistic goals as they plans to be financially independent before the age of 40.

There is also the need to set limit to workloads, go on vacation and ensure one sleeps at least eight hours in a day. Life is not meant to be taken seriously. So enjoy your life while you can,” Coker said.

Earlier, the President of ARD, Dr Kabirat Kilanse-Oni, urged the state government to ensure provision of basic social amenities to enhance the living standards of residents as a way of easing stress on them.

Kilanse-Oni said that the traffic gridlock and bad roads in Lagos were the major causes of stress and depression among residents of the state.

According to her, the economic hardship in the country is another factor that has made many Nigerians to develop depression, saying that there is increase in the number of mental health cases in the country.

If the government can provide the needed amenities, particularly the road network system, such that limited time will be spend on the road, the productivity and health condition of the residents will improve.

“And this will consequently enhance the economic development of the state and that of the country at large,” Kilanse-Oni said.

Edited by ‘Wale Sadeeq


Institute urges LASG to pay allowances to enforcement officers on training



Institute urges LASG to pay allowances to enforcement officers on training

A cross section of law enforcement officers during the passing out parade of Batch 11 participants of the law enforcement proficiency training at the Lagos State Law Enforcement Training Institute (LETI)



Lagos, Aug. 17, 2020 The Lagos State Law Enforcement Training Institute (LETI) has urged the management of law enforcement agencies to pay training allowance to officers participating in the institute’s training programmes.

The Director-General of LETI, Mr Ifalade Oyekan, made the appeal during the passing out parade of Batch 11 participants of the mandatory law enforcement officers’ proficiency training on Thursday.

Oyekan said that the 13-week training was part of the institute’s mandate to equip law enforcement officers with 21st century professional and tactical proficiency needed for quality service delivery.

He said that it was also in fulfillment of Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s mandate to reposition and reorientate law enforcement officers according to the government’s THEMES agenda.

The THEMES agenda, he said, included: Traffic Management and Transportation; Health and Environment; Education and Technology; Making Lagos a 21st Century State; Security and Governance.

The director-general stressed that it was important for every participating officer to be paid training allowance by their agencies as a way of motivation.

“This is the 11th batch since the training started, and none has been given training allowance.

“It is not encouraging that you come here everyday and go through rigorous training without any stipend and this must change in subsequent batches, ” he said.

Oyekan charged the officers not to be distracted, but to utilise the skills learned effectively in the discharge of their duties.

”You have received training in different aspects, including emotional intelligence, etiquette and technology which will refine your operations on the field.

“I implore you to be very diligent, respect your officers and the public, be courteous and most importantly, do not compromise your integrity,” he said.

In his remarks, Mr Adegboyega Bajulaiye, General Manager, Lagos Neighborhood Safety Agency (LNSA), commended the efforts of the institute in ensuring that quality training was delivered to the officers.

He expressed confidence that the officers would perform their duties optimally based on the level of training received at the institute, which he said was of global standard.

“I must commend the Head of LETI for the quality of training because there is a significant difference from what the training curriculum used to be.

“This new management is rebranding LETI with innovative and creative ideas that will distinguish our law enforcement officers wherever they are.

“I have no doubt that with this training, our officers are more than capable to handle the task,” Bajulaiye said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that 7,000 law enforcement officers are to participate in the 13-week training in 28 batches; 3,000 officers have been trained so far.

The officers are from Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS), Lagos Neighborhood Safety Corps (LNSC) and Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI).

Edited By: Oluyinka Fadare/Wale Ojetimi
Source: NAN

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Crowd control weapons in United States cause at least 115 head injuries – Study



The use of crowd control weapons during protests that have unfolded nationwide after the officer-involved death of George Floyd has left scores of people with head injuries, according to a new study.

Physicians for Human Rights, a Texas-based organisation, in a study, identified 115 people, who were shot in the head or neck at demonstrations with “Kinetic Impact Projectiles” – like rubber bullets and bean bags – starting the day after 46-year-old Floyd died in Minneapolis.

Video of the Memorial Day incident, which sees an officer kneel for several minutes on Floyd’s neck while he calls out for help, has prompted hundreds of thousands of people across the United States to call for justice on his behalf.

The demand for systemic change has also been fuelled by other high-profile shootings, including that of Breonna Taylor.

The 26-year-old EMT was killed when officers busted into her apartment in Louisville, Kentucky, to execute a search warrant linked to a narcotics investigation.

“Shooting civilians in the head with KIPs violates widely accepted use of force principles, which forbid targeting of the head and neck and emphasise proportional response to actual threats faced by law enforcement,” the Physicians for Human Rights said.

“Furthermore, our past research has shown that severe injury, disability, and death are often consequences of being shot in the head with these weapons. Such excessive and indiscriminate police responses to protests have a chilling effect on the exercise of the fundamental First Amendment rights to freedom of assembly and expression,” they added.

The physicians said that while such projectiles were typically intended to be “less lethal,” how deadly they are is actually determined by how they are deployed.

The organization identified Austin, Texas; Portland, Oregon; and Los Angeles as hot spots during their selected window of time, which ran from May 26 to July 27.

Experts noted the number of people actually affected in such incidents over the summer months is likely much higher than their data indicates.

According to a lawsuit filed on behalf of injured protesters, Abigail Rodas, one of at least 12 people injured KIPs in Los Angeles on May 30, was marching on Beverly Centre when she was struck in the jaw.

Court documents revealed that a steel plate was used to repair her jawbone, leaving her unable to talk for about 10 days.

For a week, she was stuck drinking only liquids, it said.

“Nearly three weeks after the injury, she has screws in her gums and rubber bands to immobilise her jaw while the bones rejoin,” the suit says.

The city denied the allegations of excessive force in a court filing, saying all responses were “reasonable and necessary for self-defense.”

“It seems systematic,” Dr. Rohini Haar, an emergency physician in Oakland, California, who led the analysis, told USA Today.

“It seems like there needs to be a reckoning with the use of force in protests,” he added.

The Physicians for Human Rights in conclusion called for a ban on such crowd control weapons, saying that “piecemeal, post-hoc changes to individual law enforcement” are inadequate.

“We must ban the use of KIPs in crowd-control situations due both to the life-threatening injuries they can cause and their potential to violate freedom of expression and assembly,” the organization declared.

Edited By: Emmanuel Yashim
Source: NAN
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Ogun doctors threaten to shutdown hospitals over ‘inappropriate pay’



The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in Ogun has threatened to embark on strike from Sept. 20, over what it described as inappropriate pay and short-changing of medical doctors in public hospitals.

The State Chairman, Dr Ogunlaja Oladayo told journalists on Monday at the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH), Sagamu, that the state government had failed to negotiate with the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) which suspended its strike on Sept. 7.

The resident doctors at the teaching hospital had suspended their strike to allow for the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with government on the agitations for regularisation of pay and other welfare demands.

According to the association, the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Olakunle Oluomo brokered the peace between it and the government and promised that the MoU would be produced within two weeks.

Meanwhile, the NMA chairman while speaking on the development, expressed concerns that the government had failed to begin any discussion with the doctors one week after the strike was suspended.

Oladayo said that the doctors would fully resume the industrial action as scheduled, if the state government failed to commit itself on the payment of the appropriate remuneration.

According to him, the inappropriate remuneration affects all medical doctors in the employ of the state and not only the resident doctors.

Oladayo explained that less than N35 million was required monthly to effect payment of the appropriate remuneration for “about 600 doctors employed by the state.”

He, however, ruled out allegations that the strike was politically motivated, saying the agitation had been ongoing, but government remained adamant.

“All the doctors in Ogun are actually agitated over this same problem; we are waiting for the government to start meaningful discussions on this.

“If the government does not resolve this issue by the 20th September, 2020, ARD in OOUTH and their senior consultants will resume this industrial action.

“And after their resumption, let me say categorically, that NMA which I’m representing, cannot guarantee that all doctors in Ogun will be at work,” Oladayo said.

Reacting to the development, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Public Communication, Remmy Hazzan, promised that the government would engage the doctors” this week” with a view to addressing the agitations.

“I am confident that the interface that necessitated the suspension in the first place is not taken for granted. I’m also not unaware of the agitation of the national bodies of the unions.

“What they are asking for which is a further discussion with state government will definitely happen this week.

“I’m not unaware of the pressure many of them are getting from the national bodies. As a government, we understand that but we are very much responsible and true to our words.

“We are the ones asking that they come to the table, if they say they are willing, I don’t see any reason why we should renege on our intention to be at the table.

“So, reminding us that we need to be at the table is like stating the obvious. Definitely that discussion will happen this week and this time it’s going to be definite; there will be result and everyone will move on from there,” he said.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Bayo Sekoni
Source: NAN
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COVID-19: Association urges members to work out progress for private sector



The Human Capital Providers Association of Nigeria (HuCaPAN) has urged members to take the opportunity of COVID-19 and work out progress in private sector.

HuCaPAN is an umbrella body of Private Employment Agencies in Nigeria.

President of the association, Mr Remi Adegboyega, gave the charge in a statement on Friday in Abuja.

He said that COVID-19 had undoubtedly taken toll on industry and had affected domestic and international businesses across countries and sectors.

He said COVID-19 had forced offices to close totally or partially, and impaired the ability to manage day-to-day services delivery for certain clients or certain sites which resulted among other things to huge losses of revenue.

He said that some of the members companies also experienced contract cancellation, downward contract review; inability of clients to fulfill obligations; and reduction of manpower.

According to him, government partially shut down, organisations shut workplaces, stores, and processing plants, while many companies resorted to digital facilities like video conferencing, Google, Microsoft, Skype and other tools to work remotely.

He said that the panic and disruptions to services had showed the country unpreparedness to emergencies and had opened a new vista for capacity building training for the association members and the public.

He said that to maintain relevance in the corporate world, there was need for training on modern digital skills and tools.

According to him, the tough time has brought relevance to Microsoft and has seen more than 750 per cent increase in the usage of collaboration platform and changed the social and work environment culture.

He said that the first virtual Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the association was held on Wednesday  and this gave members the opportunity to participate from different part of the world.

According to him, the AGM, which is the ninth in the series, accorded the executive committee to present the association scorecard since the last AGM.

“At the meeting, HuCaPAN got members approval for its financial statements for the year ended 2019, appointed new auditors and ratified its amended Constitution.

“At the zoom meeting, the president identified the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak as the reason for the virtual meeting which would have hitherto held in April physically.

COVID-19 has affected every sector of the economy including the outsourcing industry, members are urged to however take advantage of the new opportunities that the situation has provided,’’ he said.

He also commented on the proposed private bill before the House of Representative which aimed at outlawing outsourcing in Nigeria, adding that the sponsor of the bill was not well informed on the outsourcing industry.

He said that there was a clear difference between outsourcing and casualisation, adding that HuCaPAN mantra was that anywhere a Nigerian was found working; he or she must have a decent job.

He however called on the country policy makers to research into outsourcing and find out its benefit to the economy and be more concerned with the terms and conditions of service of workers rather than who they worked for.

He said: “HuCaPAN has made its position known to the Labour Act Review Committee through the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA) and has been engaging stakeholders including the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC).

“As a responsible association, we have given ourselves, a housekeeping guideline in addition to the Nigeria Code of Conduct for Private Employment Agencies; HuCaPAN, will continue to partner with the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment.

In his response, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, who was represented in the meeting by the Director of Employment and Wages in the ministry, Mr John Nyamali congratulated HuCaPAN for maintaining standard that industry required.

The Director-General, Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA), Dr Timothy Olawale, who was also represented by a Director in the agency, Mr Thompson Akpabio commended HuCaPAN for continuously organising capacity building programmes for its members.

Edited By: Dorcas Jonah/Grace Yussuf
Source: NAN
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