Mentally Challenged Patients Attack Doctors At Psychiatric Hospital Yaba

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Doctors at the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba have deserted their post over recurrent attacks from mentally challenged patients at the hospital. The psychiatrists who have suffered diverse form of injuries from violent attacks of their patients are currently on strike to push for an increase in security personnel within the establishment.

The President, Association of Resident Doctors of the
hospital, Dr. Jeje Oyetayo, said that doctors had to embark on an indefinite
strike after the last attack on two female doctors at the outpatient unit of
the hospital in June.

She said, ”Patients have attacked doctors severally at the
hospital and we don’t have trained security personnel to address this. But the
last one was on the 5th of June, two female doctors were attacked such that
consultants had to come and save them. The patient took an iron rod and started running around with
it and there were no security officials. Patients get violent occasionally but
the norm is that there should be trained personnel that can disarm them”, she said.

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