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Association of Psychiatrists in Nigeria (APN)



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NEUROPSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL, P.M.B. 2002, ARO, ABEOKUTA. NIGERIA.
Phone: 039-245-25014 Fax: 039-241-778
E-mail: neuroaro@infoweb.abs.net

INTRODUCTION
The Association of Psychiatrists in Nigeria was mooted in 1969and inaugurated in 1970. At the onset of Psychiatric practice in Nigeria, many of the pioneer psychiatrists worked with government establishments within the University system and the Federal and State Government owned Hospitals.

The Country as of 1996 has Psychiatric units/department/wards in the following:

Designation Number
1. Teaching Hospitals
15
2. Federal Psychiatric Hospitals
8
3. State General Hospitals
6
4. Private Psychiatric Hospitals
15
5. Registered Psychiatrists
110
6. Registered Associates
30

MISSION AND GOALS OF THE ASSOCIATION

The goals of the Association of Psychiatrists in Nigeria include:

  • To promote closer relationship among the psychiatrists in Nigeria and to foster the interchange of ideas and communication among them.
  • To promote, encourage and undertake research in Psychiatry.
  • To collaborate and where desirable seek affiliation with other Medical Societies and Associations, especially of Mental Sciences in Africa in particular, and in the world as a whole.
  • To contribute to the improvement of mental health care.
  • To encourage, assist and promote training of psychiatrists.
  • To disseminate among members of the public, information on the cause, prevention and treatment of mental illness.
  • To maintain a high standard of professional ethics, conduct and practice among psychiatrists in Nigeria.
  • To encourage, assist and promote continuing medical education among psychiatrists and other mental health workers.
CURRENT LEADERS AND TERM

  1. Dr. (Mrs) Taiwo Adamson, President, 1999-2001
  2. Dr. Reuben Osahon, Vice President, 1999-2001
  3. Dr. H.T.O. Ladapo, Secretary General, 1999-2001
  4. Dr. G. Eze, Asst: Sec. General, 1999-2001
  5. Dr. (Mrs) Omigbodun, Treasurer, 1999-2001
  6. Group Captain B.A. Yakazai, Auditor, 1999-2001
  7. Prof. Ayo Binite, Editor-in-Chief, 1999-2001
  8. Dr. O.B. Orija, Ex-Officio Member, 1999-2001
  9. Prof. M.H. Ahmed, Ex-Officio Member, 1999-2001
  10. Prof. O. Morakinyo, Ex-Officio Member, 1999-2001
GOVERNING BODY ( Board of Trustees)

  • Prof. Thomas Adeoye Lambo
  • Prof. Tolani Asuni
  • Dr. A. Kalunta
  • Wing Commander (Dr) Moses llo (rtd)
  • Prof. Ayo Binite
  • Dr. B.C.A. Johnson
  • Prof. A. Boroffka
MAIN COMMITTEES
  • Education Committee
  • Public Enlightenment Committee
  • Business Committee
  • Editorial & Publication Committee
  • Committee for Zonal Activities
PRINCIPAL ACTIVITIES

  1. Annual Conferences & Annual General Meeting
  2. Executive Committee Meetings
  3. Zonal Activities on Public Enlightenment Programmes including Conferences/Seminars/Workshops on Topical Mental Health issues.
  4. The Association maintains linkages with Government and Non-Governmental organizations for a coordinated approach to the provision of adequate Mental Health Services/Training and Research in Nigeria and globally.
  5. The Association is currently working to amend the Mental Health Decree(Act) which is to be forwarded to the legislative arm of Government for signing into law.
RECENT MEETING/WORKSHOP COMING EVENTS
  • "Fear the Mind Set of Nigerians" - Seminar
  • "Psychotherapy and Counseling" - Workshop
  • Annual Scientific Meeting & AGM - 1999
  • Executive Committee Meeting of the Association - Quarterly
  • Annual General Meeting & Conference - Nov.21-26,2000 Calabar, Nigeria
EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • "Early Identification and Treatment of Depression" - A Public Enlightenment Programme
  • The Problem of Vagrants in the Society.
  • Dealing with Stigma in Psychiatry
PUBLICATION

The following are the main publications of the Association.

  • The Nigerian Journal of Psychiatry - Quarterly
  • The Psychiatric Bulletin -Quarterly.

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