LASUTH to screen staff for mental health
Written by Wande on November 9, 2017
The Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja workers will soon undergo mental health assessment screening/test. According to the Chief Medical Director (CMD), Prof Wale Oke, the step is necessary to enable the hospital pick in time any of its staff from breaking down or slipping into depression, traceable to workload.
Prof Oke made this known at this year’s World Mental Health Day observed by the hospital’s Psychiatry Department. The theme was: Mental health in the work place.
According to Prof Oke, if there is anybody that needs to undergo mental health assessment screening/test in the hospital, it is him because, “the work here at LASUTH is much, and when one needs to take decisions but cannot due to procedural demands in the system, and the answers are not coming, such creates anxiety. One cannot but wonder how one copes in such situation. In addition, I listen to all the complaints”.
He said most times people walk into his office and accuse him of inefficiency, not realising that everything is not under his control but that he needs directive from the parent body of the hospital, “that alone can give one psychosis and neurosis. However, I have developed mechanism to adjust. Anybody that walks into my office and gives me stress, I ensure such leave with measured laughter or hope.”
He said worldwide doctors, nurses and hospital workers account for largest part of the statistics that made up suicide because they are faced with a lot of frustrations and things they cannot control, “so we have resolved that anybody coming into the employment of LASUTH will be subjected to mental health assessment screening/test. That will also extend to gradual and progressive levels. The results will be noted and once the personnel want to cross the border, we can easily pick same.”
Prof Oke told the staff not to panic over the mental health assessment screening/test policy that is about to start, or fear being labeled ‘mad’, “but the policy is to assist us know the level of stress of each worker, and how it has affected your capacity, so as to prevent it from escalating to a level where it becomes so bad that hospitalisation is inevitable,” said Prof Oke.