“Yaba recorded 59% rise in new mental cases” – Health Minister

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[Abuja]–Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole has revealed that the Federal Neuro Psychiatric Hospital, also known as Yaba Psychiatric Hospital or Yaba Left has recorded a staggering rise of 59% in new mental cases.

Nigeria’s Minister of Health Isaac Folorunso Adewole attends an emergency National Council on Health meeting on the control of Lassa Fever in Abuja, Nigeria January 19, 2016. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde – RTX231AG

The minister made this revelation yesterday via his official twitter account.

“There is more demand for services. Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital in Yaba recorded 59% rise in new mental cases in 2016.”

He however made it known that the Government is committed addressing the issue as seen in 2016 budget where provision is made for 109 additional mental health clinics in PHCs/ senatorial zones.

He further tweeted that Neuropsychiatric and Teaching Hospitals are being equipped to launch suicide prevention initiatives and tackle huge mental health burden and that the ministry currently runs a Psycosocial Support unit – a key part of its emergency response alongside Nutrition in the North east.

It should be noted that the Yaba Psychiatric Hospital was established in Lagos in 1907 as Yaba Asylum. Mental health care was initially provided by medical officers before the emergence of mental health professionals; psychiatrists and psychologists in custodial interventions.




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