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A former rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Professor Stephen Adei, is livid that in the year 2016 not a single pesewa was allocated by government led by ex-President John Mahama to take care of persons with mental disorder. He said this is an indictment on all Ghanaians from the President to the lowest person on the socio-economic ladder.
According to him, if every Ghanaian contributes at least Ghc 1 every month it would be enough to take care of persons with mental disorder. He urged the Nana Akufo-Addo administration and other crucial stakeholders to collaborate so that persons with mental disorder who are naked would not be seen on the streets of the country’s towns and cities.
Speaking at the launch of a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) – Friends of Mental Health, in Accra, he said persons with mental disorder were the most vulnerable in society hence need help and attention to recover from their predicaments. Professor Adei who is a member of the board of trustees of the NGO said persons with mental disorder could hardly do anything about their condition and therefore must be taken care of by the society.
Dr. Caroline Amissah, the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Mental Health Authority noted that four million Ghanaians, out of the estimated population of 28 million, are suffering from mild to severe mental illness.
She disclosed that the mild to severe mental disorders suffered included depression, anxiety disorders, bi-polar disorders and schizophrenia, with depression and schizophrenia as the lead mental disorders.
She said despite the huge number of persons with mental disorder conditions, mental health continued to have low priority of stakeholders in the health sector including Government.
Source: Adovor Nutifafa || ghananewsonline.com.gh