Psychiatrist calls for the establishment of rehabilitation centers

Dr Eugene Dordoye , the Director of the Ankaful Psychiatric Hospital, has appealed to Government to help refurbish the hospital’s rehabilitation centre.

Ankaful Psychiatric Hospital
Ankaful Psychiatric Hospital

This, he said, would enable the hospital train and successfully reintegrate healed mental health patients into the society.

He said the Ankaful Psychiatric Hospital’s rehabilitation centre which was built during the Kwame Nkrumah’s era but had been left to deteriorate and no longer served the purpose for which it was established due to lack of funds and resources.

Meanwhile, the refinement of psychiatric rehabilitation had reached a point where it must be made readily available for every person who has been treated of mental health.

The goal of psychiatric rehabilitation is to help such individuals to develop their emotional, social and intellectual skills needed to live, learn and work in the community with the least amount of professional support.

Dr Dordoye made the appeal when Dr Ekwow Spio Garbrah, the Minister for Trade and Industry, presented assorted food items to the Hospital ahead of his 63rd birthday on Saturday September 10.

The items included bags of rice and maize, gallons of edible oil, sugar, fruit drinks, detergents and soaps, milk, biscuits and other provisions.

Dr Dordoye said social relationships, work and leisure as well as quality of life and family burden was of major interest for the mentally disabled individuals living in the community ,therefore building their capabilities to get them engaged was imperative.

He expressed gratitude Dr Spio Garbrah for the gesture and called on philanthropists, Non Governmental Organisations and other corporate institutions to come to aid of the Hospital.

Dr Spio Garbrah said the Ministry was ready to provide support to the hospital and lauded the idea of a rehab programme.

He said one of the psychological stresses of being a mental patient was the inability to fully integrate into the society after treatment.

He said families would be ready to accept relatives after treatment only when the patients have developed skills such that they could engage in income generating activities

Dr Spio Garbrah said the gesture was a way of showing appreciation to God for his existence on earth and also show love to persons who through no fault of theirs found themselves in difficult situations.

This was the third of such presentations after supporting the Dzorwulu Special School and another orphanage in the Central Region.

Source: GNA/News Ghana

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