Welcome to Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba

Established on October 30th, 1907, the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba has been at the forefront of mental health care in Nigeria for over a century. Originally housed in a disused Nigeria Railway Building at Yaba, the hospital has evolved through four distinct developmental stages, each marked by significant advancements in treatment and patient care.

At its inception, the hospital served as a sanctuary for the mentally ill, providing them refuge away from societal pressures. Known as the Yaba Lunatic Asylum, it initially lacked resident doctors, with medical professionals from the Ministry of Health making periodic visits to attend to patients’ needs.

The hospital’s progressive development began with the arrival of Mr. Abraham A. Ordia in 1951, the first Nigerian mental health worker. This period marked a shift towards therapy, with emphasis placed on holistic patient care. Chief J. A. Oyebode succeeded Chief Ordia, further advancing the hospital’s therapeutic interventions.

The appointment of Dr. Professor Alexander Borrofka, the first full-time psychiatrist, heralded a new era of specialized care. Under Dr. Borrofka’s leadership, the hospital continued its trajectory of development, laying the foundation for subsequent advancements in mental health treatment.

Government Oversight and Expansion

With the creation of Lagos State in 1967, the hospital transitioned to state government oversight, witnessing infrastructural enhancements and the addition of modern facilities. In December 1975, it returned to federal government control, further solidifying its status as a premier mental health institution.

Throughout its history, the hospital has been led by visionary medical directors committed to excellence in mental health care. Dr. O. B. Orija, Dr. I. O. Malomo, and Dr. H. T. O. Ladapo are among the esteemed leaders who have steered the hospital’s growth and innovation.

A Legacy of Name Changes

Over the years, the hospital has undergone several name changes, reflecting its evolving identity and scope of services. From “Yaba Lunatic Asylum” to “Federal Neuro Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba,” each name change symbolizes the institution’s adaptability and commitment to contemporary mental health practices.

In 2019, the hospital commemorated its 112th anniversary, a testament to its enduring legacy and unwavering dedication to mental health advocacy and treatment.

Oshodi Annexe

Providing Compassionate Mental Health Care Since 1948

Established in the aftermath of the 2nd World War in 1948, the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital Yaba, Oshodi Annex has been a beacon of hope for individuals grappling with psychological and mental health disorders. Originally founded to support veterans experiencing post-war trauma, the annex has evolved into a comprehensive mental health care facility catering to the diverse needs of its community.

Origins and Evolution

Initially serving as a convalescence home for mentally ill patients, the Oshodi Annex quickly expanded its services to accommodate the growing demand for mental health care. Nurses from Yaba Psychiatric Hospital were dispatched to provide essential medication and support, fostering a nurturing environment conducive to recovery.

Leading Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

Today, the Oshodi Annex stands as a cornerstone of mental health advocacy, housing the largest Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services Center in Nigeria. Our dedicated team of professionals is committed to providing specialized care and support to young patients, ensuring their holistic well-being and development.

Comprehensive Mental Health Services

At the Oshodi Annex, we offer a wide range of mental health services tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual. From diagnosis and treatment to rehabilitation and community integration, our holistic approach emphasizes patient-centered care and collaboration with qualified stakeholders.

Our Mission

To provide modern, comprehensive, and qualitative Mental Health Services
We are committed to delivering exceptional care in a health-promoting environment, guided by competent and motivated staff, and in collaboration with relevant stakeholders.

Our Core Values

  • Prompt, courteous, and qualitative patient-centered care
  • Effective communication and teamwork among all stakeholders
  • Human capacity development and financial probity
  • Accountability and optimal use of resources

Our Vision

To be the foremost Mental Health Institution in Nigeria
We aspire to set the standard for excellence in mental health care, continuously innovating and adapting to meet the evolving needs of our community.

Guiding Principles

  • Patients-centered service delivery
  • Collaborative teamwork among all stakeholders
  • Compliance with professional ethics and standards
  • Prioritization of patient and staff welfare
  • Transparency and accountability in all our endeavors

At Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital Yaba, Oshodi Annex, we are dedicated to fostering healing, hope, and resilience in the lives of those we serve. Join us on our journey towards mental health empowerment and transformation.


As a beacon of hope and healing, the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba remains steadfast in its mission to provide compassionate care, innovative treatment modalities, and support for individuals living with mental illness. We invite you to discover more about our comprehensive services and join us in advancing mental health awareness and empowerment.