Sani warns against stigmatisation of people with mental disorder


Governor Uba Sani of Kaduna state Thursday warned against stigmatising people with mental disorder, noting that it is a disease that can affect anyone.

 Speaking during commissioning of the Drug Abuse Community Recovery Center built by the state government in Ungwan Television, Chikun local government, Governor Sani said the center is expected to cater for people suffering from drug abuse, substance abuse and behavioral disorder at the community level, adding that three more centers are coming before the end of the year in Ungwan Kanawa, Zaria and Kafanchan in addition to four drug rehabilitation centers slated for Kachia, Chikun, Igabi and Ikara local governments. 

The governor who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Dr. Muazu AbdulKadir Mayere, said the center which will have the services of psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors, nurses and social workers, will provide various services such as management of withdrawal symptom professionally, drug abuse disorder, evidence based investigation, motivational interview and other contingency services.

“Drug abuse, substance abuse and behavioral issues are affecting productivity and social development. 

“Today makes a significant moment in the journey of Kaduna state. This is one of the achievements of the people’s governor. Our government has demonstrated visionary leadership and we have witnessed remarkable progress in various sectors including rural reformation, investment in human capital, health and education.

This center is not just a healthcare facility but a symbol of Governor Uba Sani prioritising mental health to give every individual the opportunity to live a fulfilled and meaningful life without mental illness,” the governor said through the SSG. 

The center, which has two 6-bed wards, and five 2-bed rooms, indoor sports facilities, has been described as the first in the country by the managing director, Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Kaduna, Dr Aishatu Armiyau.

She said: “We have been talking about getting mental health recovery center in communities where the community owns it. With this project, Kaduna state is the only state in Nigeria with this type of facility. People with mental health at the terminal stage of their illness can use this facility. So, it would lessen the number of those coming to us. That means they need extra care.”