The management of the hospital today Wednesday, 25th October 2017 played host to Mrs. Victoria Amu, President, Occupational Therapists Association of Nigeria (Edo State Chapter) and members of the Edo State executive committee were on a courtesy visit to the hospital. In her opening remarks, Mrs. Amu expressed joy at the opportunity afforded her and her executive members to pay a courtesy visit on the management of the hospital. She stated that part of the reason for the visit was to inform management of the upcoming event of the observance of World Occupational Therapy Day on 27th October 2017 with the theme: INFORM, INSPIRE and INFLUENCE. She expressed appreciation to management for the cordial relationship which had existed between her association and the hospital and particularly because her association had noted that Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Benin City, had through their services in the field of occupational therapy, impacted positively on the citizens of Edo State especially mental health patients who required the services of Occupational Therapist. On behalf of her association she commended management and pledged total support to enable management continue on the path it had set out for itself regarding the use of her members’ skills which, before now, was non-existent in the hospital. She also commended management for its giant stride in the area of hiring more professional (Occupational Therapist) in the hospital and also the fact that management had opened the space to enable students undergo their internship training in the hospital which, was also non-existent before the advent of the current Medical Director. She however, enjoined management to ensure that more Occupational Therapists were hired in the hospital so that its coverage in terms of application of occupational therapy knowledge in the treatment and management of mentally-ill persons in the hospital will be enhanced. In his response, the Medical Director, Dr. Sunday Osasu Olotu commended the leadership and passion of Mrs. Amu since her assumption of office as the President, Occupational Therapists Association of Nigeria and for the way she had been piloting the association since assumption of office. He noted that but for the dynamism and activism of Mrs. Amu, the association which four years ago was not well known, is today being appreciated. The Medical Director also informed his guests that owing to the love he has for the association, he did not waste any time in acceding to the request for courtesy visit by Mrs. Amu-led executive to management and also because of his belief in the role Occupational Therapists played in the treatment and management of mentally-handicapped people in Edo State. He commended the Head of Clinical Services of the hospital, Dr. Imafidon Agbonile for asserting his influence to ensure that early attention was given to the courtesy visit because Occupational Therapists worked essentially in Occupational Therapy Unit which was one of the units in his department. The Medical Director informed his guests that before his appointment as the chief executive of this hospital, it had very limited number of professionally trained and qualified Occupational Therapists in its employ but that today, the story had changed for the better and that management was still pushing. He also informed that recently management conducted appointment interview and offered appointment to two Occupational Therapists but that only one accepted the offer and that plans were under way to replace the second candidate in order not to short change the required number of Occupational Therapists. Continuing, the Medical Director further stated that as the association celebrates the World Occupational Therapy Day, they have started on the right pedestal by embarking on sensitization and enlightenment program. He however, enjoined them to carry the education right to the citizenry so that they would be better informed as to the roles the Occupational Therapists play should they require their services, as there is ability in disability. He praised their courage and enjoined the younger ones who are the leaders of tomorrow to emulate Mrs. Amu’s zeal and dynamism in piloting the affairs of the association. A group photograph was taken at the end of the courtesy visit.
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