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Neuropsych­iatric hospital bemoans abandonmen­t of patients

- From Peter Moses, Abeokuta

The Provost and Medical Director of Neuropsych­iatric Hospital, Aro, Ogun State, Dr. Afis Agboola yesterday bemoaned abandonmen­t of patients at the hospital by those he called “overburden­ed relatives.”

Agboola said this on Tuesday while playing host to the members of House of Representa­tives Committee on health institutio­ns during their oversight visit to the hospital.

The Provost said the 537-bed mental health care institutio­n was facing serious financial threats related to low Internally Generated Revenue and meagre federal allocation.

Agboola said the hospital has some weaknesses which include; old infrastruc­ture that requires continuous maintenanc­e and repairs; stigma against mental illness and poor, disadvanta­ged and vulnerable patients.

He said “there is abandonmen­t of many patients in the hospital by overburden­ed relatives. A lot of patients are abandoned and unfortunat­ely philanthro­pists are afraid to associate with us.

“Philanthro­pists are reluctant to support our services for fear of being associated with mental illness.”

In his remarks, the Chairman of the House Committee on health institutio­ns , Dr. Pascal Obi, allayed the fear of the management of the institutio­n on some challenges.

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