Ankaful Strike: Mental Health NGO Calls For Swift Resolution

Friends of Mental Health (FMH), a health NGO, is worried about the turn of events at the Ankaful Psychiatric Hospital in the Central Region.

According to FMH, calls for the removal of the director of the hospital, Dr Eugene Dordoye and the subsequent strike action by nurses are not the best.

It said it has noted with growing concern events unfolding in the health facility that have “left us with a sense of disquiet about how these actions are affecting the mentally ill in that community and beyond.”

The displeasure comes on the back of another strike at the Hospital as nurses and physician assistants have proceeded to lay down their tools to protest the conduct of the facility’s Medical Director, Dr. Emmanuel Dordoye.

According to them, Dr. Dordoye’s presence at the facility poses a danger to their mental and physical health.

The spokesperson of the Ankaful Psychiatric nurse’s group, Emmanuel Ofori, explained the nurses will resume work only after their director has been sacked.

“Dr. Eugene Dordoye’s presence in the hospital is a psychological stress to us. So we are notifying our immediate supervisor, who is the of the Health Authority CEO to take action. The nurses are not coming back to work until the hospital’s director is removed,” Emmanuel Ofori told Citi News.

In 2017, the medical practitioners embarked on a similar action after they gave the government a 3-day ultimatum to fire Dr. Dordoye.

The nurses complained of gross disrespect of staff and mismanagement of the hospital by Dr. Dordoye.

Dr. Dordoye however in a letter to the hospital staff apologized for his approach in trying to reform the hospital and pledged to improve on his management of the facility.

““I apologize unreservedly to all staff of Ankaful psychiatric hospital who have been hurt by my approach, the CEO, MHA [Mental Health Authority], Central Regional Minister, Health Minister and all others affected and I will surely improve and manage the change better than I have done in the past going forward,” he said.

But the hospital staff, who say they have not seen any improvement in the director’s conduct, are calling on the Health Ministry to immediately remove him before they resume work.

Friends of Mental Health has therefore called for a swift government intervention to resolve the impasse to the satisfaction of both aggrieved parties.

“We are certain that a swift resolution will ensure the restoration of adequate mental health care delivery to the patients in the Central region and surrounding areas,” it added.


Source: Ghana/