October 20, 2021


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Drama as mental illness patient unsettles others at National Hospital

Mentally Ill patient at the National Hospital Abuja
Mentally ill patient, who unsettles others at the National Hospital Abuja on Monday


Drama as mental illness patient unsettles others at National Hospital

There was a drama at the Medical Emergency section of the National Hospital Abuja on Sunday morning when a mentally Deranged patient forced out other patients from the ward.
The male patient whose name could not be mentioned was said to have been brought to the hospital more than a month ago by police with a case of memory loss due to injury.
The patient has been continuously disturbing others in the ward both day and night by messing up the ward with urine and faeces.
He, however, went wild on Sunday morning when he began to tear his diapers thereby messing up the ward and made it unbearable for other patients.
The patients and their relatives had to desert the ward as the mentally ill patient was looking ferocious in his act.
One of the patients’ relative said they had been managing the situation since Friday when her husband was admitted.
She said that the situation was becoming worrisome as the lives of other patients and their relatives in the ward were no longer secured.
Responding, one of the senior officials, who preferred anonymity said that the management was aware of the situation and had been trying everything possible to address it.
The official confirmed that the patient was unconscious as at the time he was brought in by the police, adding that efforts to trace the relatives of the patient thereafter had been unsuccessful.
According to the official, the patient could not be thrown out of the ward until someone can come for him, saying the patient had to be tied down so as not to disturb others.
“The feeding and other responsibilities are being taken care of by the hospital,” he said.
A security officer who also said he could not comment officially on the issue said that the police were not helping the matter.
He said that two of his men were arrested and detained by the police because of the man.
A patient, Mr Isaac Aderemi, called on the management to transfer the patient to isolated ward instead of leaving him to cause injury to others.
When contacted the Spokesperson for  National Hospital, Dr Tayo Haastrup, said he would check the place and get back to our correspondent.