UI Professor says psychiatric test for politicians irrelevant and unnecessary

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[Kwara]–Professor Adesola Ogunniyi, a former National President of Nigerian Society of Neurological Sciences (NSNS), has sharply criticised those canvassing pre-neurological/psychiatric tests for politicians in government as ignorants of mental health management.

Ogunniyi stated this at the 49th Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference of the NSNS in Ilorin on Saturday, where he added that many factors that trigger mental health instability in man would not manifest, until his status has been boosted.

The ex-NSNS boss is a professor of Medicine at the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan and Consultant Neurologist to the University College Hospital, Ibadan.

“I am not sure subjecting politicians to psychiatric tests before election would help us out in whatever way we want to look at it.

“It will be difficult to achieve a 100 percent success in this respect. Though I am only an expert in neurology, some of the cases associated with psychiatry often manifest with development in status or significant increment in wages or profits of the sufferers.”

In a report by Guardian, Ogunniyi also advised persons whose parents or grand parents had suffered any neuro or psychiatric disorders, to seek prompt medical advice, noted that the disease or disorder is cumbersome to eradicate from offspring.

He further said political office holders should be made accountable to the electorate to curb profligacy.

The senior medical practitioner warned against abuse of drugs and alcohol, just as he cautioned youths against peer pressures. He listed some of the early symptoms of health disorder to include withdrawal syndrome, aggression and unnecessary craving for material things, “as if such is a matter of life and death.”

Recall that Professor Jude Ohaeri, a professor of Psychiatry from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu campus, had advocated for psychiatric assessment of leaders, politicians and other public officials before they assume office during the 14th annual scientific conference and gathering of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, CMUL, recently.

In his words, “What I’m saying is that we have to do something called mental health promotion in order to make sure that people who aspire to heights of public office are people who in general have the element of humanity”.




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