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We’ve commitment to support Nigeria Police Force – AHBN

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By Zayamu Hassan

The Africa Health Budget Network (AHBN) has expressed its commitment to support the Nigeria Police Force at all levels to perform optimally and provide quality services to Nigerians.

The AHBN Coordinator, Dr Aminu Magashi Garba, disclosed this at a follow-up training for focal police officers from 10 Divisional Headquarters in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command on mental health.

 “We have a full commitment to continue to support the police on mental health and so many other things that we are going to gradually unveil.

“For example, the issue of Hotline number within the FCT Police Command on mental health. We can engage the telecommunication companies to understand what is involved for us to have a hotline for people to call in free of charge when they have any form of mental health challenge.

“We will also be engaging the police in community policing whereby we support them within the community to perform their duty better.”

He, however, advised the Federal Government to include mental health in the ongoing police reforms.

He also advocated for the provision of special counsellors who are stationed in strategic locations to always engage and discuss with officers who have worked in the field for a long time.

This, according to him, is to give them psycho social support to enable them recover quickly from shocks and unpleasant experiences that may affect their mental health.

The AHBN Coordinator reiterated that by the nature of their work, police officers are bound to experience post stress traumatic disorder, hence, the need to provide a dedicated place where they can access counselling services.

On the focus of the training, Dr. Magashi said: “The conversation is around mental health- the symptoms, signs, common diseases. The knowledge is both sides, it will help you to understand the condition of your suspects/clients and it will also help you to understand the state of your colleague.

“This is because the nature of the work can trigger some mental health issues and if you have the knowledge, you can pick the signs and support your colleague to deliver quality services to Nigerians.”

Dr Magashi disclosed that 1 in every 8 people in the world live with a mental disorder, stressing that: “Mental disorders involve significant disturbances in thinking, emotional regulation, or behaviour”

He, however, lamented that even though effective prevention and treatment options for mental health disorders exist, “most people do not have access to effective care”

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ASP Abashi Lydia October 17, 2022 - 16:14

This is great Sir, I I’m delighted.


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