Posted by Elizabeth Edozie on Jun 20, 2024
 
Rotary Club of Admiralty has just refurbished the electro-convulsive unit of the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital in Yaba, Lagos giving it a transformed look and also refurbished the electro-convulsive machine.
 
 
The refurbishment project which includes provision of new beddings, furniture, window blinds, doors, plastic chairs paintings and also refurbishment of the electro-convulsive machine which was previously in a non-functional state cost not less than N9million and was funded with the support of grant from Rotary International District 9110, the governing body of the club and over 140 other Rotary clubs in Lagos and Ogun state. 
 
The facility was formally commissioned by the District Governor, Rtn. Ifeyinwa Ejezie on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, alongside the Club President, Rtn. Adeniyi Sowemimo. Witnessing the commissioning ceremony was the Chief Medical Director, Dr. Olugbenga Owoeye and some other management staff of the hospital.
 
 
The District Governor commended the club, describing the project as a highly impressive one, particularly the machine that was refurbished. “We are bringing people to be more productive in the society. That is our way of doing good in the world. 
 
"I am happy that the club was able to do this. We will not be here to see the faces of the people that this machine will bring back to life but knowing that we have been able to do this is the only happiness we have. That is the highest benefit we get as Rotarians”, she said.
 
The Club President, while narrating how the club came about the project said, “This project is part of the club’s contribution to mental health awareness in Nigeria this Rotary. “When we started this Rotary year, and the District Governor said something about the brother of Rotary International President that died due to mental health related issue, it became important to us that we must do something about mental health”.
 
 
Speaking further, he said “When we started this Rotary year, the first thing we did in the area of mental health was that we organized a seminar for all the school children in our area during which we invited doctors from Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) to talk to them about mental health. 
 
He noted that the club didn’t stop there as they sought for more ways impact in mental health patients which led the club to the hospital. “I feel elated and I’m currently walking on waters”, he said describing how he feels having commissioned the project successfully.

He added that the Incoming president of the club will continue from where he stooped and that the club is still available to assist the hospital in any area they need assistance.
 
 
The Hospital CMD on his part appreciated the club immensely. “What they have done for us is so important. It’s like renovating our own theatre for us. This will help us to be able to deliver more excellent services for all our patients in Lagos and environs. The staff also will be able to work in a more conducive environment. All these will go a long way. 
 
“This hospital is over 100 years old. Most of the infrastructures are getting old, there is need for us to renovate or rebuild some of them, so the intervention of Rotary Club of Admiralty is a good thing that has happened to us in Yaba", the CMD concluded.
 
The Assistant Governor to the club, Rtn. Winifred Igweonu congratulated the club for making such an impact with such level of project, despite being a new club. 
 
She encouraged the incoming president who is wearing a shoe which is slightly big and ensure that together, the club surpasses what they have done this Rotary year and ensure that the impact the community will feel will be louder than it is right now.