The management of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja has reiterated its commitment to the welfare of its workers.
Speaking at this year’s World Mental Health Day themed: Mental health in the work place. observed by the hospital’s Psychiatry Department, the Chief Medical Director (CMD), Prof Wale Oke, said plan was underway to subject all staff in the hospital to psychiatric test.
Prof. Oke said the step was to forestall any of the hospital staff from falling into depression due to heavy workloads.
He said, “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 added that worldwide doctors, nurses and hospital workers accounted for largest part of the statistics that made up suicide because they are faced with a lot of frustrations, “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.”