By Tony Edike
ENUGU – A Nigerian psychiatric expert based in United States, Dr. Charles Nnadi, has called on the Federal Government to provide funds for research activities in the health sector, especially in the area of psychiatric medicine.
Nnadi, who is a researcher at the Harlem Institute in United States, lamented that Nigeria currently lacks enough psychiatric doctors, nurses and social workersÂ to effectively take care of the mentally-challenged in the society.
The psychiatrist, who spoke with reporters during a training programme for resident doctors at the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Enugu (FNHE), asked the Nigerian government to pay special attention to the psychiatric hospital to enable it meet the needs of the mentally-challenged, assuring that intellectuals in the USA are very willing to collaborate with institutions in Nigeria.
Expressing regrets over the plights of Nigerian researchers who, he said, lack the encouragement to engage in research activities, Nnadi, who hails from Imo State, said, â€œI discussed with researchers here, who are asking for American funding and I told them that if the Federal Government can do that, then we can seek for foreign collaboration that would aid their activities.â€
Nnadi accompanied by Dr. Henry McCurtis, an American Psychiatric expert, also called for the establishment of dedicated institutions for training of psychiatric doctors, nurses and social workers, saying some of the residents and medical doctors he interacted with at the FNHE have the potential of becoming good researchers if they were exposed to quality training.