Yaba psychiatric hospital records 100% increase in patient admissions

Dr Olugbenga Owoeye, the Chief Medical Director of the Federal Neuro-psychiatric Hospital in Yaba, Lagos, has revealed a staggering surge in psychiatric patient admissions, marking a notable 100% increase in 2023.

Speaking during the Annual ScoreCard presentation named “A Day With the Medical Director,” on Wednesday, Dr Owoeye outlined the hospital’s evolving landscape.
Dr Owoeye noted a seven per cent rise in new cases and a three per cent uptick in follow-up patients, both male and female, illustrating an increased demand for mental health care services.
He attributed this surge to the prevailing economic challenges and various socio-economic factors prevailing across the country.
“The year 2023 saw a significant rise in psychiatric patient admissions, with a 100% increase compared to the previous year. Notably, there was a seven per cent surge in new cases and a three per cent increase in overall patient attendance,” stated Dr Owoeye.
Highlighting the achievements during the period, Dr Owoeye outlined the completion of numerous projects, including the administrative building in Yaba, rehabilitation of internal roads, and drainages across the Yaba and Oshodi annexes of the hospital.
He also pointed out the ongoing construction of the Tele-Psychiatric Centre, the physiotherapy department’s upgrade, and the construction work on the Out-patients Clinic among other pivotal developments.
However, Dr Owoeye addressed the challenges faced, highlighting inadequate manpower and funding as significant hurdles. The exit of health professionals seeking better opportunities elsewhere impacted the hospital’s workforce, necessitating urgent measures for manpower replacement and streamlining administrative processes for new hires.

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