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Coronavirus In Nigeria: Why Federal Ministry Of Health Needs The Experience Of Dr. Yemi Ogun Now- By Gbenga Shaba


With the confirmation of first case of deadly coronavirus infection in Nigeria by the Federal Ministry of Health now, experts inputs are what is needed to combat it's pandemic nature before it's too late. 
This is not the time to play politics, all hands must be on deck to make sure the spread is curtailed before it becomes another 'boko haram' on our neck. 

Although, she's doing very as the CMD of Nigeria's biggest psychiatric hospital, Medical Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital in Yaba, Lagos State. Dr. Oluwayemi Cecilia Ogun, is a woman Nigeria can run to for her expertise in epidemiology. 

As a successful medical practitioner, Dr. Yemi Ogun, after her secondary education,  attended the College of Medicine of the University of Lagos where she graduated as a Medical Doctor with MBBS in the year 1986. She later obtained a degree in Public Health (Epidemiology) from the same University, a feat that has changed the fortune of Yaba psychiatric hospital since she became the CMD.
As an experienced epidemiologist, Dr. Ogun has worked in various private and public hospitals in Lagos State before starting her Residency Specialist Training at Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital in Yaba, Lagos State, and for the past 10 years, she has been a Trainer and Examiner for the West Africa College of Physicians.

She is a fellow of the West African College of Physicians which she bagged in 1997 before being appointed as a Consultant at the Yaba Psychiatric Hospital in 1998.

A Head of Training and Research at the Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba, she also worked as the Head of Clinical Services where she served from the 1st of March, 2010 to the 20th of March, 2014 before she became the Acting Medical Director of the Hospital for nine months. 
Her extreme and selfless service to the mental health needs of Nigerians encouraged the Federal Government to confirm her as the Medical Director of the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba on the 1st of June, 2017.
Under her watch, the biggest Neuro-Psychaitrist Hospital in the country recorded great achievements like the recent 50 percent increase in the number of patients treated for drug and substance abuse this year.

The hospital also recorded a 22% increase in the number of new patients with various forms of mental disorders, rising from 3,591 in 2017 to 4, 376 in 2018. It was also recorded that patients with drug and substance abuse related cases seen in the hospital rose from 157 in 2017 to 235 in the current year.

Dr. Yemi Ogun has concluded arrangement to open an Oshodi Annex of the psychiatric hospital to ensure that as many Nigerians with cases relating to neurology receives needed medical attention because, she identified that the issue of drug abuse has reached epidemic level.

See More Of Her Intimidating Profile 

She became the pioneer Psychiatrist of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services Centre of the Yaba Psychiatric Hospital in May 1999. 

She has attended many local and international trainings and workshops, some of which are leadership trainings, observership programme for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and educational capacity building programme (Doctors as Educators). 

She has also been involved in community outreach programmes by which she has raised awareness of the community members on mental health issues. 

The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service Centre (CAMHSC) is the first multi-disciplinary Child and Adolescent Mental Health Centre in Nigeria and has become a reference point in the country. 

She has published scientific papers in both local and international journals. Dr. Ogun also belongs to some reputable professional associations which includes, Fellow, West African College of Physicians.

Chairperson – Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists and Allied Professional in Nigeria (ACAPAN) – An affiliate of International Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists and Allied Professional (IACAPAP).
Member, Association of Psychiatrists in Nigeria, Member, Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Member, Nigerian Institute of Management (MNIM).

Honorary Member – American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists.

The level of experiences acquired and the hard work as well as dedication to duty exhibited within and outside the hospital made Dr. Yemi Ogun a clinician per excellence and an expert in epidemiology needed in a time like this as Nigeria battles coronavirus surge.

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