By Jide Soetan and Zainab Azeez
The maiden annual research fair in mental health advocacy and clinical practice has been launched in Lagos.
The fair, with the theme: Entrenching Research Culture in Service Health Mental Institution, which is aimed at improving the quality services and to stimulate interest of the staff of Federal Neuro-psychiatric Hospital (FNPH) in research, coincided with the 112th year anniversary of Neuro-psychiatric hospital in Nigeria, and the hospital’s Founding Fathers Day.
In her welcome address at the fair, which was at the Total Diagnostic Building, FNPH, Yaba premises of the hospital, the Medical Director, Dr. Oluyemi Ogun, who also was the brain behind the fair, was worried that despite the enormous impact the hospital has recorded in mental health service delivery, not so much has been achieved in researches.
In her words, “Not so much has been done in the public domain about the vast contribution of this hospital to research work.”
Dr Ogun noted that, the hospital in the past had several locally and internationally published works to its credit, adding that it was high time they showcased these breakthrough in mental researches.
On the issue of continuous funding of the newly hatched research initiative, the hospital helmsperson revealed that the hospital management has disbursed some amount of money to various research groups in the hospital to facilitate their take-off.
According to her, “We have disbursed N500, 000 to various research group and we hope to increase this amount in subsequent years and also encourage philanthropists to fund research in the hospital.” Continuing, she promised that internationally, the hospital shall continue to collaborate with researchers and solicit for grants in all areas of mental research.
Also speaking at the event, the hospital’s Head of Training and research, Dr. S. Oluwaniyi said that the next edition of the Fair will have a wider scope as participation will be opened to the global community.
He swiftly corrected the notion that the new research initiative may duplicate one of the functions of the Nigerian Medical Research, Lagos, the parent body of medical research in the country, explaining that the research initiative conceived by FNPH is a specialized one with an in-depth focus on mental sickness.
Highpoint at the Fair were oral presentations from several researchers which included Drs. Ogun and Owoeye among others.