Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Why Nigerians should visit Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Aro-Abeokuta — Dr. Adegboyega Ogunwale Says “We will love to welcome you in any condition you visit us”


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Dr. Ogunwale to Asabeafrika...'The carelessness of quality nutrition at a younger age leads to mental problem at older age'
Doctor Adegboyega Ogunwale is a Consultant Psychiatrist at the Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Aro, Abeokuta, Ogun State-South West Nigeria where he currently serves as a clinician and faculty member on the residency training programme of the Hospital. His broad areas of competence are General Adult Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry, Biostatistics, Medical Law and Ethics.
 In addition to his medical qualifications, he holds a Master of Laws Degree in Medical Law and Ethics from the University of Edinburgh as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in statistics. He is a member of the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services (IAFMHS) and currently serves as the Chair of the Africa Interest Group of the association. He is also a member of the Mental Health Law and Policy Institute of Simon Fraser University, Canada and the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law.
He is passionate about multi-disciplinary and inter-sectoral approaches to healthcare delivery and has featured as an invited speaker at Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) conferences as well as scientific meetings of the Association for Fertility and Reproductive Health (AFRH). He has authored or co-authored a good number of publications in both local and international peer-reviewed journals and has also served as a reviewer for several international learned journals. His hobbies include singing, reading and creative writing. He serves as a Sunday school teacher in his local church and enjoys working with young people. He is happily married and blessed with three lovely children. He was the Chief Moderator at the recently held PEAK Nutrition Forum on Wednesday June 15 at the prestigious Oriental Hotel, Lekki-Lagos (South West Nigeria). He moderated the forum to the delight of several stakeholders including journalist and nutritionists who attended the event. He later co-launched the newly produced PEAK 4-5-6 for children of ages 4 to 5 with other eminent personalities. Your Africa’s number 1 Celebrity Encounter blog, Asabeafrika cornered the very intelligent psychiatrist and what he told us about Aro will shock you. Do you like to visit Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Aro-Abeokuta? Read why you might have a change of mind and start visiting the place as stated by one of the executives from Aro. Enjoy!
Dr. Ogunwale with the GDA of Asabeafrika

You have just moderated the PEAK Nutrition Forum where the new brand called PEAK 4-5-6 was launched and some of the issues being talked about are the great need for nutrition security in Nigeria. Do you think is easy for the Nigerian Child to have nutrition security?
Well, I think it has been a great day and I am quite delighted to have been invited to serve as moderator on the panel. I think the most important thing that I will like to take away from here is that we now have a product in the market that is targeted towards brain development of children of aged 4 to 6. In my view, the Western World has developed along this growth trajectory that we see today because they took nutrition very seriously several decades before now. I don’t think it is too late for us in Africa to start and if we start on this note, I think in another few decades, Africa too will have a good story to tell.
Sir, what does it mean to be a father?
Well, my son gave me a very frank definition of a father. He said a father is ‘someone who cleans his house and takes his children to school’. I thought that was a rather simplistic definition of a father.
Dr. Ogunwale with his lovely and pretty wife, Mrs. Mrs. Modupe Ogunwale

“A father is one who leads from the front. A father is one who is not an absentee participant. He must be at home and give quality care to his children. He must be smart enough to understand that the curiosity of children is not the curiosity that kills the cat

(Cuts in) Why will your son say a father as a man who cleans his house and take his children to school?
Well, that is a 7 years old for you. That is what he sees his father doing. So, in my view, what the boy was communicating is that a father is one who leads by example. A father is one who leads from the front. A father is one who is not an absentee participant. He must be at home and give quality care to his children. He must be smart enough to understand that the curiosity of children is not the curiosity that kills the cat. Curiosity in a child is an indication of an active brain. And he must feed that activity and improve that activity along positive lines. So, a father must be present. A father must develop the potential of his children and above all, I think that a father must provide wholistic care for his children and by that I mean, physical, social, psychological and spiritual mentorship which will help the children to be fully developed.

“I am a stake holder in brain development because some mistakes today in the growing up years of the brain are the mistakes that come to my door step as a psychiatrist when these children develop mental disorder. Research has shown that about 50% of mental disorders develop before age 14 and about 20% of young people will have mental disorder in their lifetime”

Dr. Ogunwale with lovely colleagues at Aro, Abeokuta
When you got the invitation to come and moderate this nutrition forum as a psychiatrist, what came to your mind?
Well, this is not the first time that I will be invited by FrieslandCampina WAMCO for an event. And I taught that at every point of them extending an invitation to me, it is a reminder of the role that nutrition has got to play in the development of the brain. I am a stake holder in brain development because some mistakes today in the growing up years of the brain are the mistakes that come to my door step as a psychiatrist when these children develop mental disorder. Research has shown that about 50% of mental disorders develop before age 14 and about 20% of young people will have mental disorder in their lifetime. To that extent if good nutrition can act as a preventative strategy, it will be a good option rather than waste the time the child will spend in treatment.
Dr. Ogunwale to the GDA....'Please,  help us tell Nigerians that Aro is a very nice place to visit. You will love the experience if you do)
Do you think in the case of Nigeria and other third world countries; poverty is playing a role in promotion of poor nutrition for the child?  
I believe that ignorance, poverty and infection has been the three participants in the vicious cycle of disease as we have always known it in public health. I believe that weather in brain development or in adequate nutrition, poverty will play a role. To that extent, an ecological perspective must be developed in mitigating the effect of poverty. What is the role of the individual to see to it, that within his own family, he tries to prevent poverty from taking hold?
 You must make most of the opportunities that you have to create your own little wealth that will help to keep your family healthy. What is the role of the community? What is the role of the society? And by mentioning society, government has a critical role to play. The economy should be fixed, people should be helped to develop and gravitate towards means of livelihood that will put nutritious food on their tables. Because the children we starve today becomes the dysfunctional adults of tomorrow. So, in my view, I think they work together; ignorance, poverty and disease. And that is the way I will look at it.
Dr. Ogunwale to Asabeafrika....'We will be ready to welcome you into Aro in any capacity you visit (Either as a sane man or mad man)'
How do you run the Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Aro-Abeokuta?
Well, I am one of the consultants that work there and we have a whole hospital that has got several services. We have services for children and adolescents. We have services for elderly people; for those who are between the ages of 18 and 65 as well. We have services for those who have sleep problems and what we call intellectual disability. We have enough services to be able to meet a host of mental needs of the populace in Nigeria.
Dr. Ogunwale to Asabeafrika....'Nigerians are welcome to Aro anythime anyday'
What do you like about your job?
One of the things I like most, about my job is that mental ailment can be difficult to treat but for every mentally ill person that you get treated, it is as if you have given another human being his whole life back. I feel highly fulfilled when that happens.
What do you hate about your job?
Well, I don’t hate anything about my job.  I don’t; as a doctor, my oath is to save lives. It is to preserve the sanctity of human’s life and to do my best for the patient that is at hand. And I have sworn to do this for the rest of my life. So, it takes my time, it takes my energy, it re-orders my priorities but I don’t think these are things I should hate but rather, I see them as the great cost that I must pay in fulfilling my oath to mankind.
Dr. Ogunwale to Asabeafrika....'As a doctor, i have sworn to an oath to protect the sanctity of any life in my care. So, i dont hate anything in my job'
As the moderator of today’s forum, you were able to bring so much live to the event and the Vice Chancellor of Ambrose Ali University, Professor Onimawo had to confess to the public that you have a way with words. As a Psychiatrist, how did you achieve the ability to speak well?
Well, I studied literature for 6 years and even as a science student in the university I also took a course in literature. I took a course in literature till I got to WAEC level and that really helped to open up my understanding of language and the use of words and the depth that they can have. In addition, I got a background in medical law and ethics. So, when you study law, you got to improve your understanding of the dynamism of words. But all in all I give God all the glory because I believe the ability to speak is a talent before it becomes a practice. That is the way I see it.
You are also a musicologist according to your profile, how did you learn that as well?
Well, I studied music for 3 years from my JSS 1 to JSS 3 and I have been in the choir for as long as I can remember.
Dr. Ogunwale moderating the Peak Nutrion Forum 2016

“One of the things I like most, about my job is that mental ailment can be difficult to treat but for every mentally ill person that you get treated, it is as if you have given another human being his whole life back”

Do you sing soprano, auto or tenor?
I sing bass and tenor sometimes.
What is your hobby like?
Singing, creative writing and reading; those are my hobbies.
Do you have a role model?
Jesus Christ is my role model.
I think you are from Ogun State?
Not really, I am from Kwara State

“ARO is a decent environment, I live on the premises with my family and it is a place for anyone to visit. I would say that I would invite everyone to visit the serene and theuraphetic environment of the Neuropsychiatric hospital, ARO Abeokuta and you will always want to return to that place”.

Dr. Ogunwale's lovely children and future leaders
There is the peculiar perception and fear about Aro (Neuropsychiatric hospital, Abeokuta) that it is a funny place. How do you really feel being a staff of such an eerie environment?
Aro as a hospital was started in 1944 and the main hospital came on board in 1954 and it has been there many years. People are bound to have different perceptions of a place they know little of. But it is like looking into a house through the window. You will see a different sight when you compare the site with what those who are in the house actually see. That means in terms of perception you can see differently. So, ARO is a psychiatric hospital where we treat people with mental disorders. But it is not a place where you have mentally ill people just roaming around the street in tattered clothes, un-kept and not looked after. That picture is not real. ARO is a decent environment, I live on the premises with my family and it is a place for anyone to visit. I would say that I would invite everyone to visit the serene and theuraphetic environment of the Neuropsychiatric hospital, ARO Abeokuta and you will always want to return to that place. (He made this blogger burst into feats of laughter but he refused to laugh as he made the statement with bold confidence on his face)
I believe you on a very good note, I will visit Aro but not as a mad man (Laughter)
Well, whichever way you visit, we will be happy to receive you.
Dr. Ogunwale amd members of his team of discussants at the PEAK Nutrition Forum 2016 with other guests launching the newly produced PEAK 4-5-6 brand
So, how do you think government can help curb psychiatric problems in Nigeria?
Well, in my view, dealing with mental disorder at the national level requires government’s action in terms of funding of mental service, decentralization of mental health services, ensuring that general hospitals, federal medical centers have that department of psychiatrics which will make the services closer to the people. And at the level of the primary health care, you can train people at that level to be able to deliver some level of mental care in order to bring service close to the people. But most importantly, they must work towards preventing mental disorder through things like educating people about drug abuse, about adequate antenatal care during pregnancy, good nutrition for the growing brain and many more.

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