The Young Adult Fellowship (YAF) of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana has donated some items to the Accra Psychiatric Hospital valued at GH?3,000 as part of activities marking its tenth anniversary celebration.
The items included some bags of maize, gari, rice, gallons of oil, groceries, toiletries, detergents and diapers among others.
Mr Christian Okonfo Addo, the National Secretary of YAF, said the attention of the group was drawn to some news items highlighting the Hospital’s pressing needs, which necessitated the donation.
Mr Addo said: “We chose to come here as partial fulfilment of our obligations as Christians and to express love to the mentally challenged here”.
The National General Secretary said: “We have as part of our plans to adopt the Male Geriatric ward,” which is a ward dedicated to elderly men.
Mr Henry Ntikora Yeboah, the National President of YAF expressed the belief that the donation would go a long way to solve part of the problems facing the Accra Psychiatric Hospital.
Miss Priscilla Appiah-Dankwa, a Senior Staff Nurse at the Male Geriatric Ward, said hitherto the donation there were 15 inmates sharing three towels and sponges but with the YAF support, there were additional 16 towels with 16 sponges to augment the patients’ needs.
Receiving the items on behalf the Administration, Miss Beatrice Nyarko, the Deputy Director of Nursing, expressed gratitude to the YAF and called on other corporate bodies, churches and politicians to emulate YAF to avert the numerous challenges of the facility.
Miss Nyarko said the Accra Psychiatric Hospital currently have 403 inmates with 337 being males and 56 females and 15 children comprising nine boys and six girls.
The YAF is a fellowship of young adults within the Presbyterian Church of Ghana within the age bracket of 31 to 40 years.