About Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Benin
In July, 1963, the then Mid-Western Region of Nigeria with its headquarters in Benin City, was created by an Act of Parliament. This was followed by the exodus of civil servants of Mid-Western origin from the Old Western Region to Benin City. In this group were five (5) Nurses and six (6) Ward Orderlies, who were working at the Psychiatric Hospital, Aro-Abeokuta headed by Mr. James Omo Obaseki, who was a Senior Nursing Superintendent.
On arrival they were deployed to the General Hospital (Now Central Hospital), Benin City, where a Psychiatric Unit was established through the encouragement of Chief Jereton Mariere, first Governor of Mid-Western region and Chief Olu Akpata, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health.
In 1964, the old Iyekuselu Districk Council Maternity/Dispensary located in Uselu was acquired by the Mid-Western regional government and the Psychiatric Unit was moved in and named Nervous Disease Clinic, Uselu. The Nervous Disease Clinic started with the acquired three dilapidated buildings giving accommodation to eight (8) in-patients and rendering out-patients services for both psychiatric and physical ailments.
The hospital which became popularly known as Uselu Clinic took off on Monday, 7th December, 1964, under the supervision of dr. N. O. Azinge, a specialist physician in the absence of any psychiatrist. This was the only psychiatric hospital in the mid-western region (later Bendel State and now Edo State).
In October, 1975, the Federal Military Government took over the hospital from the then Bendel State Government. An interim Management Board for Neuro-psychiatric Hospitals under the Federal Ministry of Health was inaugurated in 1977 and the name Nervous Disease Clinic, Uselu was changed to Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Uselu, Benin City. The name was again changed to Psychiatric Hospital, Uselu, Benin City, by Decree No.42 of 1979 which established the Psychiatric Hospitals Management Board. The Board was dissolved in 1994 during the military regime and remained so unitl the current civilian regime. The incumbent Medical Director is Dr. (Dr. S. O. Olotu, who assumed office in March 2012.
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