The Government of Lagos State announced the plans to site a psychiatric hospital at Ikorodu, a suburb in the state.
This has been confirmed by Governor Babatunde Fashola on February 13, 2014, Thursday.
He said the Federal Government owned psychiatric hospital was no longer adequate to meet the needs of over 21 million residents of the state.
The Governor spoke at the launch of a book, Heroes and Others, authored by former Chief Medical Director (CMD), Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Dr. Femi Olugbile, at Protea Hotel, Ikeja.
Gov. Fashola said since the state already has a facility at Ikorodu, the hospital will be built there to accommodate the needs of different mental health patients.
While speaking glowingly of the author as well as the contributions he made as a public servant, the governor said “what people know is worth more than what they own”.“We must domicile mental health facility because many of us maybe in need of such services. We are in need of classification and it is important to break the taboo associated with mental ailment because it is like every other sickness.“Mental challenge is caused by mal-functioning of an organ. We have had our first conference operating at an altitude. It must come down to concerns beyond visible to what is invisible.“What are these things we cannot see beyond health and school?” the Governor noted.