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By Musa Ubandawaki (Sokoto State Correspondent)

The Sokoto State Development Forum (SSDF), a Non Governmental Organization, has conferred award of excellence on Dr Shehu Sale, the Chief Medical Director of Federal Neuro Psychiatric Hospital (FNPH) Kware in Sokoto state.

Presenting the award on Monday, the Forum Chairman, Alhaji Bashar Umar-Binji, said the award was in recognition of Sale's achievement in transforming the hospital.

Umar-Binji said the hospital was in poor condition faced with enormous challenges before Dr Sale's stewardship and now it has been transformed to a center of excellence during his tenure in office.

He noted that Sale ensured infrastructural uplifts, workers welfare and facilitated the employment of more required medical and other auxiliary workers that man departments for optimum performance.

According to him, the hospital became attractive among its contemporaries in the country with Sale's good leadership style. He stressed that patients influx from within and outside the country have increased immensely in the hospital.

"More importantly, Dr Sale engaged actively in community and humanity development activities in hospital community in Kware LGA, Sokoto state and Nigeria at large.

"The Forum deem it fit to recognized him for award of Fellowship of Sokoto State Development Forum (FSSDF) to reciprocate his achievements within the hospital and other services to the country'' Umai-Binji said.

In his remark, Alhaji Bello Garba, a FNPH Board member, described the award as a right recognition at right time, noting that board members were not surprised in the considerations of Dr Sale's achievements.

Garba commended SSDF for the recognition and urged the Medical Director and other management to serve as motivation for increased productivity in the hospital.

In their separate remarks, the National President of Association of Psychiatric Nurses of Nigeria (APNON), Sani Haruna and Abdullahi Ibrahim Alwasa, the Branch Chairman of National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives(NANNM) commended Sale for practising an open door policy in the hospital.

The Union leaders stressed the Medical Director ensured industrial harmony with all category of unions in the hospital as well as strived in ensuring transparency in all dealings which have accounted for peaceful coexistence in the facility.

Responding, Sale expressed appreciation on the recognition and pledged more commitment to the improvement of the hospital, Kware community, Sokoto state and the nation at large.

Sale, an Associate Professor and a Master Trainer of United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), commended the association for their foresight, noting that the award is motivating.

The Medical Director, who is also a Consultant Psychiatrist, called on people to access the facility and cautioned them against seeking alternative therapy and patronising unprofessional healers.

He said accessing mental health at an early stage helps to solve the health challenges and adding that FNPH Kware is one of the eight psychiatric hospitals established and funded by the federal government. NNL.