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We recorded 100% admission increase in 2023 – Yaba psychiatric hospital

The Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Yaba recorded a 100 percent increase in the number of patients admitted to the hospital in 2023.

Chief Medical Director, Dr Olugbenga Owoeye, made the revelation on Wednesday at the Annual Scorecard presentation tagged: “A Day With the Medical Director” in Lagos.

He said total number of new psychiatric cases increased by seven percent, while there was a three percent increase in the number of follow-up patients.

Owoeye explained that increase can be attributed to the rising cases of mental health conditions in the country due to the current economic challenges accompanied by other socio-economic factors.

He said; ”It can be deduced that in 2023, the total number of all patients attendance increased by three percent. There was a seven percent increase in new cases attended, compared to no increase in 2022.

“We also have a 100 per cent increase in admission cases in which the drug abuse cases is 10 percent increase and discharge cases are reduced by 10 per cent.”

On the achievements recorded by the hospital within the period under review, the CMD listed the completion of the Administrative building, Yaba, rehabilitation of internal roads among others.

“Under my watch as the medical director, major developmental projects were facilitated at different stages and times both in Yaba and Oshodi annexe which has greatly improved the pictorial state and aesthetics value of the hospital as well as health service delivery compared to what it was in the time past. This had been made possible with funds released by the Federal Government for capital projects,” Owoeye said.

He also revealed that inadequate manpower and funding as the two major challenges faced by the hospital within the year under review – 2023.

He said; “In 2024, every effort will be made to ensure that all ongoing projects in the hospital are completed within the time frame.

“It is expected that the completion of these projects will further enhance the quality of mental health care service delivery in the hospital. We hope to embark on more new projects in 2024.

“With prudent management of the available resources, every effort will be made to attend to the welfare of the staff. It will be on the front burner of the management in 2024”.