By Victor Akaa, Abuja
The Nigerian Army (NA) has taken workable ways towards addressing Acute Stress Disorder among its personnel for enhancement of operational proficiency and effectiveness.
This was revealed when the NA organised its maiden edition of Post – Traumatic Stress Disorder(PTSD) Awareness Seminar, held on Tuesday at Nigerian Army Resource Centre (NARC), Abuja.
Delivering his remarks on the theme,”Mental Health Awareness: Post -Traumatic Stress Disorder in Perspective”, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya who was represented by the Chief of Operations (Army) Major General Olufemi Akinjobi underscored the important of the seminar which was aimed at enhancing operational effectiveness of the NA personnel.
The COAS, who was the Special Guest of Honour, said creating awareness and addressing PTSD related issues among troops of the NA deployed in various operations to contain the myriads of security challenges currently facing the country was the hallmark of the seminar.
He said the seminar would provide commanders and their troops with unique opportunity to understand issues on PTSD and its management and urged participants to make conscious effort towards developing new ideas that could impact positively on troops to improve their psychological and mental well-being.
He commended the professionalism , effectiveness and efficiency of the NA personnel in the discharge of their assigned tasks and assured them of his requisite support in providing adequate resources and direction required to carry out all assigned responsibilities.
Lt Gen F. Yahaya also reiterated the unwavering commitment and loyalty of the NA to the President, Commander -In- Chief of the Armed Forces, Muhammadu Buhari for his invaluable support to the NA and assured Mr President of the NA’s commitment to consistently executing all its assigned tasks swiftly, efficiently and in professional manner.
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 adding that it is inline with COAS vision of having “A professional Nigerian Army ready to Accomplish Assigned Missions Within a Joint Environment in Defence of Nigeria”
He therefore called on the participants to freely interact on the 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.
The COTI commended the COAS for his support and for providing the required resources to host the seminar.