Psychiatric patients in Yaba hospital increased by 100% in 2023: CMD
The CMD reported a seven per cent increase in new cases compared to no increase in 2022.
The Chief Medical Director, Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Yaba, Lagos, Dr Olugbenga Owoeye, has said there was an increase of 100 per cent in psychiatric patients admitted into the hospital in the year ending.
Making the disclosure on Wednesday in Lagos, during the hospital’s annual scorecard presentation, the CMD blamed the country’s economic challenges among other socio-economic factors as responsible for the increase.
He said, “It can be deduced that in 2023, the total number of all patients’ attendance increased by three per cent. There was a seven per cent increase in new cases attended, compared to no increase in 2022.
“We also have a 100% increase in admission cases in which the drug abuse cases is 10 per cent increase and discharge cases is reduced by 10 per cent.”
Mr Owoeye stated that within the period under review, the hospital completed the administrative building, Yaba; rehabilitated the internal roads and drainages in Yaba including Oshodi annexe of the hospital.
He listed other achievements of the hospital to include: the rehabilitation of hospital wards, Yaba and Oshodi annexe; ongoing construction of work on the tele-psychiatric centre in the hospital; upgrading of the physiotherapy department; the ongoing construction work on the out-patients clinic in the hospital among others.
Identifying inadequate manpower and funding as the two major challenges the hospital faced within the year under review, Mr Owoeye stated that the exit of the country’s health professionals in search of greener pasture hugely affected the hospital’s manpower.
He therefore called for a system to be urgently put in place to replace those who left the system to reduce the bureaucratic bottlenecks.