How Lagos plans to use art to heal mental health patients
The commissioner said that the committee would drive the Art4life project, an initiative of the ministry aimed at using art to create a soft and compassionate environment to aid healing.
“The Art4Life project marks a new dimension in how we manage healthcare and wellbeing of our people.
Abayomi said that the Art4Life project was in fulfilment of the present administration’s promise to strengthen healthcare system in the state.
He explained that the project would introduce a softer method of looking beyond the physical in attending to patient’s health, thereby reducing trauma, anxiety, emotional difficulty depression, family and relationship issues.
According to him, art therapy has a magical way of impacting positively on a depressed patient, especially when they see nature.
Abayomi added that inclusion of art therapy would also transform heathcare service delivery in the state.
He said that art was used to aid healing and recovery of Ebola virus survivors in some West African countries.
He reiterated the state’s committment to achieving optimal healthcare delivery for its citizens.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that members of the Art4Life Committee included Ms Aduke Gomez as the Chairperson, Ms Adenrele Sonariwo, Mr Victor Ehikhamenor and Mrs Dorcas Shonibare, among others. (NAN)
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