Economy Hardship: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.
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.
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.
Looking ahead to 2024, Dr Owoeye outlined plans to prioritise staff welfare and intensify efforts in manpower development and training. He emphasised the importance of completing ongoing projects to elevate mental health care delivery standards within the hospital.
“In 2024, we aim to conclude ongoing projects within the scheduled time frame, expecting a further enhancement of mental health care services. The welfare of our staff remains a primary focus, along with prudent resource management and new project initiations,” concluded Dr Owoeye.
The hospital’s initiatives aim to meet the growing demand for mental health services while prioritising the well-being of its workforce amidst challenges posed by the current socio-economic landscape.