Army expresses concern over post-traumatic stress disorder among troops
The Nigerian Army has on Tuesday expressed concerns over the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder among its personnel.
The army’s Chief of Transformation and Innovation, Maj.Gen. Charles Ofoche, said there was a need for awareness on the ailment as it was on the rise.
According to him, the awareness will help to contain the stress syndrome in order to achieve reduced operational risks, increased efficiency, and improved operational effectiveness.
He also said, “The purpose of the seminar is to create awareness on the increasing incidences of Acute Stress Reaction, Acute Stress Disorder and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder amongst the troops and its effects on military operations
“The Nigerian army intends to draw awareness of commanders to the stress syndrome to achieve reduced operational risks, increased efficiency, and improved operational effectiveness.”
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.Gen. Faruk Yahaya, said the security threats in the country had made security agencies deploy troops in various operations to restore peace, adding that these operations were putting pressure on the troops.
Yahaya was represented by the Chief of Operations (Army), Maj.Gen. Olufemi Akinjobi.
He said, “The security threats we have in the country have made security agencies deploy personnel to many operations to contain the situation, the operations exert significant pressure on the troops.
“Their involvement in those operations had resultant effect of high casualty rates, injuries, damage to equipment and accumulated stress as well as other mental disorders such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
“The seminar is in consonance with my command’s philosophy of prioritising the Nigerian soldier.
“It is envisaged that drawing the awareness of disorder at the strategic level will help in the formulation of the right strategy for the management of affected troops welfare and administration.