At least 51 health professional from various units of Rwanda National Police (RNP), yesterday, started four-day training on mental health policy and care.
The training seeks to enrich their understanding in assessment and management of acute agitation, psychiatric interview and mental status examination; psychological and mental health first aid services; counseling; as well as assessment and management of drug and alcohol use related mental disorders.
Others areas include interventions and management of trauma victims during the forthcoming 24th commemoration of the Genocide against the Tutsi; types of epilepsy seizures assessment and management; management of psychotic disorder; post-traumatic stress disorder among others.
Participants are from Isange One Stop centres across the country as well as those from the RNP medical battalion. The training was organized by RNP and Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC).
Commissioner for training in RNP, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Elias Mwesigye, while speaking at the official opening of the training, said the training is crucial since the force also encounters cases related to mental health including drug addicts and those affected by varied circumstances like domestic and gender based violence, and child abuse.
“We are in a country that is rebuilding itself after the tragic 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, which left many people traumatized. There is also the issue of narcotic drugs which also one of the major causes of mental disorder. As Police officers, we need to be in a position to handle such cases professionally,” ACP Mwesigye said.
He asked participants to take the course serious to be able to professionally and effectively help those in need and to further support the national health development agenda.
Claire Nancy Misago from Rwanda Biomedical Centre, said that responding to trauma and mental disorder caused by abuse of drugs requires concerted efforts, adding that RBC and RNP, like with other institutions, have shared responsibilities of ensuring the good health of the people.