Psychiatric Doctor calls for introduction of courses on drug abuse and addiction in Nigerian varsities
The Medical Director of the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Kware Sokoto, Dr. Shehu Sale Tuesday admonished Nigerian tertiary institutions to introduce courses on drug abuse in order to tackle the menace in the society.
Dr. Sale who doubles as Associate Professor of Psychiatry, made the call at the Federal University Birnin Kebbi during the 19th Seminar Series of the institution titled “The Implication of Drug Abuse: Medical and Sociological Perspectives” on Tuesday.
The Seminar jointly delivered alongside Dr. Abdullahi Kangiwa of Sociology Department, urged Nigerians to shun drug abuse considering its implications in the development of a society.
The guest speaker highlighted causes of drug abuse which includes: drug factors, personality, genetics, social and psychiatric factors. He classified drug abuse as depressants, stimulants and hallucinogen, adding that when one started abusing drug and became addicted, the implication would progress rapidly as addiction is a developmental disease which is chronic on brain and could only be managed.
Sale emphasized that drug abuse causes liver diseases, dementia, lungs cancer, menstruation problems, epilepsy, among others. He noted that drug abusers could be identified when coming late to work, being absent at work or by frequent quarrelling with superiors.
He maintained that developing other certificate courses for Primary Health Care workers could enhance their ability to detect substance abuse and make referrals to specialist centres.
In his remarks, Vice Chancellor of the Federal University Birnin Kebbi, Prof. B.B. Shehu appreciated the speakers for the presentation. Represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Kasimu Shehu said the University would look into the recommendations.
The Seminar was attended by members of the academic community within and outside Kebbi state, Deputy Commander National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Kebbi State Command, Chief Medical Directors of Federal Medical Center Birnin Kebbi and Kebbi Medical Center, Kalgo. Other participants include Board Members of the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital Kware, Sokoto; development partners, youth and women organizations.
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Jamilu M Magaji
Public Relations Officer
Federal University Birnin Kebbi
January 29, 2020.