Against the backdrop of stressful disorder syndrome and mental fatigue of war becoming ramphant in the military, the Nigerian Army (NA) on Tuesday held the maiden edition of “Post – Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Seminar” for officers and soldiers with participants from the three services.
Speaking while declaring open the seminar, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt. Gen Faruk Yahaya said it was a step aimed at creating awareness and addressing PTSD related issues among troops of the NA deployed in various operations to contain myriads of security challenges currently facing the country.
Represented by the Chief of Operations (Army) Major General Olufemi Akinjobi, the COAS said the seminar would provide Commanders and their troops with unique opportunity to understand issues on PTSD and its management even as he urged participants to make conscious effort to come up with new ideas that could impact positively on troops.
Gen Yahaya commended officers and soldiers for the effective and efficient discharge of their assigned tasks in a professional manner.
He assured troops of the NA of support in providing adequate resources and direction required to carry out all assigned tasks and roles.
Yahaya further reiterated the unwavering commitment and loyalty of the NA to President Muhammadu Buhari for his invaluable support to the NA and assued the President of the NA’s commitment to consistently execute all assigned tasks swiftly, efficiently and in professional manner.
The one day event with the theme”Mental Health Awareness: Post -Traumatic Stress Disorder in Perspective was held at the Nigerian Army Resource Centre (NARC), Asokoro Abuja.
In his welcome address, the Chief of Transformation and Innovation (COTI) Major General Charles Ofoche said the Seminar was to create awareness on the increasing incidences of Acute Stress Disorder among troops and its effects on military operations.
He said that it is in line with COAS vision of having “A professional Nigerian Army ready to Accomplish Assigned Missions Within a Joint Environment in Defence of Nigeria”
Gen Ofoche therefore called on the participants to freely interact on subject matter to achieve the objective of the Seminar adding that the interaction solicits non pharmaceutical discussion on global best practices of the management of PTSD cases.
He commended the COAS , Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya for his support and for providing the required resources to host the seminar.
Highlights of the event include well prepared and adequately delivered lectures titled “the Effect of PTSD on Troops in the North East and other Theatres of Operations: The NA Experience delivered by Colonel O Adole; Detection of Early Manifestations of PTDS delivered by Dr Henry Nzekwu and Psychosocial Counselling Support System and Mental Health Communication