Mental Health Service Delivery Fizzles


Ghana is now projected to experience an astronomic rise in the number of? persons? suffering from mental disorder subsequent to the exponential deteriorating nature of? mental health delivery system

A mad man who is also a disabled on the street of Tamale The rising cases of mental sickness still stand alarming and disturbing due to the lack of? treatment resources to offer holistic cure to patients.

According to a psychiatric report, there now exist 95% treatment gap in the current mental health service delivery in? Ghana meaning that 97 out of 100 mental patients have no access to treatment.

The lack of human resources and facilities needed to treat patients? now clearly appears to have worsened its delivery system since only 12 practicing psychiatrists working in 3 hospitals are serving the 25million Ghanaian population following the low number of professionals trained to fill the gap in mental health delivery coupled with? the amassing challenges faced in dispensing services .

Announcing at a public briefing of the operations and activities of MEHREP,? a non-governmental organization in Ghana, Mr. Samuel Oracca-Tetteh, chairman for the Ashanti regional Branch of Ghana Coalition of N.G.Os in Health described the situation as unfortunate, calling for an urgent action to find solutions to correct the anomaly in Ghana?s health care system.

Defining health ?as a state of complete physical , mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity, mental health in Ghana Mr. Samuel Oracca- Tetteh noted to have been neglected to the extent that it is not even considered as a disease going by the health? definition adding that recognizing it as such will contribute to the economic and social development of the nation , calling on state authorities to find solutions to the numerous cases of mental illness since they are curable.

The local government structures such as the metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies and civil society organizations he mentioned should recognize their roles towards finding a more comprehensive and holistic approach to finding solutions.

At the public briefing, the director for MEMHREP Mr. M Adu Gyamfi? made known that the N.G.O has a short term ?goal of providing personal care and support to fellow citizens suffering from mental health issues; providing them with good hygiene, good grooming, catering and counseling services. The organization he noted is currently liaising with community leaders to try and secure a land for a large scale mixed cropping agricultural programme, which can be used to support the mentally-challenged.

According to their projections, the organization according to Mr. Adu Gyamfi? intends to build 1500 single and dormitory-styled rooms in Ghana which will host the mentally-challenged ,whilst rehabilitating them out of which 500 will be established in Ashanti and the Eastern regions with? other 1000 established at regions including Brong Ahafo , Northern, Volta, Western regions etc, hopping to provide support to other mental health institutions in Ghana.

Based in the United Kingdom but headquarted in Kumasi, the organization?s modus operandi according to the director is relocating the mentally-challenged from the streets to a secured site and providing them with the appropriate medical treatment, counseling, spiritual, emotional and moral support. Resettlement support plans include; regular welfare visits, providing temporary accommodation, help getting them employment or voluntary work, personal management, assisting clients to acquire a permanent homes.



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