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Communique At The End Of The International Association of Psychiatric Nurses of Nigeria Workshop
Date Posted: 22/Nov/2017
A four day workshop/training was just concluded at Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Barnawa, Kaduna organized by International Association of Psychiatric Nurses of Nigeria. The communique issued at the end of the workshop/training has been made available. 
Below is the full text of the communique:
Communique Presented at the End of the International Association of Psychiatric Nurses of Nigeria’s Training/Workshop
The International Association of Psychiatric Nurses of Nigeria (IAPNN) is an international, charitable, non-profitable organisation spread all over the globe in members in diaspora.
The International Association of Psychiatric Nurses Of Nigeria (IAPNN) in collaboration with Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (N&MCN) held a workshop and training on the theme: Prevention and Management of Violence and Aggression in Mental Health from the 13th – 16th of November, 2017 in Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Barnawa Kaduna with participants from all the state of the federation.
We appreciate the Government of Kaduna State and the management of Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Barnawa, Kaduna for their warm reception and for providing a conducive enabling environment for the hosting of this workshop. 
Also, we thank the IAPNN officials for sparing time to ensure that the Psychiatric Nurses in Nigeria are brought to par with counterparts at other parts of the world through the invaluable training provided at this workshop especially the practical sessions.
At the end of the deliberation, the following recommendations have been put forward:
* Federal Government and African leaders should ensure that poverty is alleviated in order to avoid unnecessary anger and aggression. For as the saying goes “a hungry man is an angry man”
* Mental health experts should be involved in the planning and establishment of mental health facilities.
* Unique uniform outfit i.e scrubs for mental health nurses should be designed to fit psychiatric setting to foster efficiency in the line of care and promote speedy provision of services.
* We call upon the Federal Government and National Assembly to expedite actions in ensuring that the Mental Health Bill is passed and signed into law in Nigeria to ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of mental health services.
* IAPNN should partner with Federal and State Government as well as Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) for better provision of mental health services.
* Families, religious groups and political leaders should de-escalate aggressiveness and violence by avoiding hate speeches, and abhor allegiance to groups.
* Peace and optimal functioning should be encouraged to avoid aggressive and violent environment.
* Members of the mental health team should always avert anger and disagreements so that expressions must be within acceptable range without violence.
* Hospital management and leaders should implement violence prevention programmes and ensure its commitment to avoid crisis in work place.
* Dissemination of mental health information to the grassroots and the decentralizations of mental health seminars/workshops in order to avoid/prevent stigmatizations.
* Mental health nurses should be involved in the management of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and inmates and adequate facilities should be made available because they are already traumatized and need proper nursing care.
* The training/workshop should be stepped down in all units at different levels to enhance professionalism.

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