The Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, has condemned the stigmatization of those who sought medical treatment at Aro Psychiatric Hospital, Abeokuta or elsewhere.
Oba Adedotun Gbadebo noted with regret that people who had been treated at the Hospital should never be tagged as mentally sick patients by the general public.
The Alake appealed that such action was unsocial, uncivilized and should be discouraged.
Rather, the Monarch argued, they should be accepted into the larger society as our brothers and sisters.
Oba Gbadebo made the statement on Thursday, 19th of March, during a courtesy visit by the Acting Provost and Medical Director; Dr Lucky Emmanuel Umukoro Onofa and other officials of the Hospital at the Ake Palace
He further stated that he had put up a billboard near the medical institution, to discourage the act of ostracising the people.
The Egba Monarch commended the Aro Neuropsychiatric Hospital for their special life saving services for the residents of the Abeokuta, the State capital, adding that he would continue to support the Hospital in its onerous services.
He also noted with satisfaction that Aro is the first Federal presence in Egbaland, adding that he was happy to learn that the Palace Clinic at the time which would soon be restored.
Oba Adedotun Gbadebo however lamented that Aro Psychiatric Hospital was for many years the World Health Organization, the WHO’s Centre of Excellence for the African Continent, the status of which had since been lost to other.
Oba Adedotun Gbadebo prayed for the Acting Provost that his services profile at the medical institution had been commendable in terms of quality and quantity adding that his competence and professionalism, would have informed why he had been asked to act as the Provost.
The Alake therefore prayed that he would eventually be appointed the substantive Provost of the Aro NeuroPsychiatric Hospital.
In an earlier speech, the Acting Provost and Medical Director of the Aro Neuropsychiatric Hospital; Dr Lucky Emmanuel Umukoro Onofa commended the Alake for his tremendous support towards the Hospital.
Dr Emmanuel Onafa said he was in the Palace to ask for the Egba Monarch’s royal blessings and to urge him to sustain his royal cooperation with the Hospital.
The Acting Provost disclosed to the Alake that the hospital’s general medical services for Abeokuta residents, would soon be restored.
In the entourage of the Acting Provost and Medical Director; Dr Emmanuel Onofa was Mrs Abosede O. Adelanwa; the Deputy Director, Nursing Clinical and Head of Nursing Department, Mr. Richard K. Fadiran; Head of Administration and Secretary to the Management Board of the Hospital and Mr Ajibola O. Joseph, the Hospital Public Relations Officer.
The Egba Obas and High Chiefs present included, the Balogun of Egbaland, Chief Sikirullah Atobatele; Chief Wole Odekunle, Bada AsojuOba; Baagbimo of Egbaland, Chief Akanni Akinwale: Chief Adeoye Oguntade, Balogun Kemta and Chief Layi Labode; Aare Baaroyin of Egbaland.