Katsina psychiatric hospital sees average of 50 patients daily – Nurse
No fewer than 50 patients attend the psychiatric clinic in Katsina every day, Daily Trust reports.
This is according to a nurse at the hospital, Yakubu Muhammed Saulawa, has said.
“In our out-patient department we daily see minimum of 50 patients a day. We see up to 100 on some days,” he said.
Saulawa was speaking on various issues associated with mental illness in the state.
He said, the major cause of psychiatric problems in the state is drug abuse.
He said there was low number of professionals handling mental cases in the state.
He said many young people studying medicine or nursing in various institutions do not want to specialize in the field.
“They have the notion that people who take to the profession also behave like the patients. So we have limited number of personnel. Presently, we are not up to 20 in the whole state,” he added
Saulawa also said the government was not giving the problem adequate attention.
“If you look almost everywhere in the state the government has renovated hospitals but left out psychiatric hospitals. We also need modern equipment.”
He, however, commended the government for providing free feeding and drugs to patients suffering from mental illness. He advised people to always take note of sudden behavioral changes in those close to them and report immediately to the nearest facility.