PLASCHEMA partners Quintessential Healthcare Center to provide Basic Training in Mental Health for staff of accredited facilities across the State

The Plateau State Contributory Health Management Agency collaborated with Quintessential Healthcare Center to train staff of accredited facilities across the state on Basics of Mental Health in order to help ensure that basic mental health medical services are provided to citizens of Plateau State when the need arises. This was made known by the Director General Plateau State Contributory Health Management Agency (PLASCHEMA) Dr Jemchang Fabong who was represented by Dr Dawal F. Solomon who is the Director Operations at the agency.

Dr Dawal while speaking to journalists on the final day of the two-day Basic Training in Mental Health for Staff in Accredited Facilities noted that the training was to help in building the capacity of staff of accredited facilities across the state to not only provide health services but also have the capacity to detect and refer mental cases appropriately, in compliance with the mandate of facilitating the provision of universal health coverage.

Also speaking to journalists, Prof Moses Audu, a Consultant Psychiatrist with the University of Jos who is also a facilitator at the event hailed the agency for organizing such a timely training for health works, stressing that though the National Health Insurance Scheme did not include Mental Illnesses, the Plateau State Government thought it wise to include it to ensure that Plateau People with such challenges have access to mental care. Prof Audu noted that though no one is immune to mental illnesses, access to mental care remains indispensable in ensuring that the people are healthy.

On his own part, one of the facilitators at the event, Nurse Kizito Nadak pointed out that the training in collaboration with Quintessential Healthcare Center was organize to among other things ensure that those being trained are able to identify those who have mental health challenge and approach accredited facilities can be identified and how to refer them to the Quintessential Healthcare Center where they can access free healthcare service.

Participants at the event expressed optimism that the training was indeed timely and would have improve their service delivery at their various facilities. They thank the agency for organizing the training which according to them would go a long way in improving the quality of health services they provide at their various facilities. The training was held at the Nurses Green House, Yingyi, Rayfield Road Jos from 20th to 21st December 2021. Participants were drawn from Accredited Health Facilities across the State.

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