Increase In St Giles Admissions

Social issues, substance abuse top matters Hospital Staff Address Among Increasing Number Of Patients
26 May 2022 11:32
Increase In St Giles Admissions
St. Giles Hospital in Suva. Photo: Ronald Kumar

There has been a notable increase in hospital admissions at the St Giles Psychiatric Hospital since January, says the hospital’s Director of Nursing Miliakere Nasorovakawalu.

Ms Nasorovakawalu said since the beginning of the year, admissions received by the hospital have been around 63 patients per month.

This, according to Ms Nasorovakawalu, was a very big increase in terms of the hospital’s inpatients.

“This is for both male and female common age between 17 to 40 plus,” she said.

“This is in comparison to the admissions we have always recorded in the last two years; it has always been at 20 to 30 per month.

“In 2019 and 2020, we will get at least four people in a week as per admissions.”

She said what they had noted in the past year with COVID-19, there were cases, where some men had been admitted because of thoughts and attempts at suicide.

She added that issues like relationship problems were also a contributing factor to the admissions.

“We have also seen an increase in young people’s age group from 15 to 17 years old and adults from 18 to 65. There is a peak in these age groups and as I said it is because of social issues and history of substance abuse,” she said.




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