Psychiatrist makes case for Occupational Therapists

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By Sola Ogundipe

The Medical Director, Psychiatric  Hospital. Yaba, Lagos, Dr Oluwayemisi  Ogun, has called for increased attention to occupational therapy as an essential aspect of the overall medical health team in the country.

Speaking recently during  matriculation ceremony of the 15th set of students of the Federal School of Occupational Therapy, FSOT, Oshodi, Lagos, Ogun said  except  there is greater focus on the cadre of professionals, the care and rehabilitation process of mental healthcare in the country would not be complete.

Psychiatric Hospital 

“Occupational Therapy is essential  and a crucial part  of the psychiatric team comprising the psychiatrist, psychiatric nurse, clinical psychiatrist, social worker, and others.

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“Occupational therapists are vital to the treatment of patients. They go in to work with the orthopaedic surgeons, while  also working  alongside physiotherapists and others because they have a wide scope within which they work.”

In an admonition to the graduating students, Ogun observed that their expectation is to conduct themselves properly and pay attention to their studies.

“This is the basic step in occupational therapy, they can go ahead to obtain their doctorates and become  professors. She urged them to to acquire the necessary  knowledge and then apply it.

In his own presentation,  the School’s Acting Principal, Mr. Adeosho Akinwole, regretted the shortage of  occupational therapists in  management of psychiatric patients, but said the FSOT was  created to bridge that gap.

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“On the average, 40-50 occupatioanl therapist assistants are trained yearly in the School. They are central to the medical team, our concern is to ensure integration of the patient back to society and to be sure that professionals do what is well, the matriculation is a great step in attaining this goal.

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