ENUGU, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA)- The Chief Medical Director of the Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital in Yaba, Lagos, Dr. Olugbenga Owoeye, has revealed a notable surge of 100 per cent in psychiatric patient admissions for the year 2023.
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.”
Speaking during the annual scorecard presentation in Lagos, Dr. Owoeye attributed this increase to various socio-economic factors, with economic challenges in the country playing a significant role.
Detailing the statistics, Dr. Owoeye noted: “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, with drug abuse cases showing a 10% increase and discharge cases reduced by 10%.”
Amidst these challenges, the hospital achieved several milestones during the review period, including the completion of the administrative building in Yaba, rehabilitation of internal roads and drainages in Yaba and Oshodi annexe, and ongoing construction of the tele-psychiatric center.
Additionally, efforts were directed towards upgrading the physiotherapy department and the construction of the out-patients clinic.
Dr. Owoeye identified inadequate manpower and funding as major challenges faced by the hospital during the year.
The departure of health professionals seeking better opportunities abroad significantly impacted the hospital’s workforce, prompting a call for urgent measures to address the resulting bureaucratic bottlenecks. He stressed the need for a streamlined system to replace departed staff promptly.
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