President and Founder of Concern Voters’ Movement Razak Kojo-Poku, is appealing to government and the private sector to consider mental healthcare delivery in Ghana priority.
According to him the sector is often greeted with gross negligence by Government and the Private Sector at the expense of the citizenry.
Inspite of the institution of the Mental Health Authority, to address the mental challenges confronting the state, CVM reckoned that, government under former President Mahama, failed to ably commit financial resources to enable the Authority address the litany of challenges in the care of mental health delivery in Ghana.
Adding that, mental healthcare has becomes a major concern for the international community to worry about, government, has done little regarding commitment of financial resources to the needs of its suffering and stigmatized citizens battling with mental disorders.
“Currently the few Psychiatric Hospitals in Ghana are severely congested, there is low mental healthcare Professionals and non-existence of Government Rehabilitative Care Centres. Under our current circumstance, there are no special services for Old Age Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry and Child Psychiatry” he opined.
Advancing further, he argued that, government can implore “Government-Private Ownership” method to finance mental healthcare delivery. Mr. Kojo-Poku, again mentioned that, the sector needs a serious capital investment of about $250-500 million to deal with the menace.
The leadership of Concerned Voters’ Movement(CVM) passionately, admonished President Akufo-Addo, to fully resource the Mental Health Authority, to enable it undertake expansion and renovation of the existing Psychiatric Hospitals.
Source: Ghana/myxyzonline.com/93.1Mhz/Ibrahim Obeng-Mensah