MENTAL HEALTH

Mental Healthcare Delivery in Ghana has experienced a gross negligence by Governments of Ghana and the Private Sector.

The previous Government of Ghana in a bid to address the Mental Healthcare Challenges, enacted the Mental Health Act 2012 (Act 846) as well as instituted the Mental Health Authority.

With this kind of laudable initiative, it was expected that the John Mahama Administration would have committed significant resources to finance the full implementation of the Mental Health Act so that the Mental Health Authority will address the various challenges facing the Mental Healthcare Delivery in Ghana, but very little was done within the four years by John Mahama’s Government, to support the Mental Health Authority.

Ghana’s Mental Health Sector is primarily funded by the Central Government and normally supported by donations and the internally generated funds, by the Psychiatric Hospitals.

It has since become a critical international concern, but Ghana is still straining to attend to the Mental Health needs of its suffering and stigmatized citizens. Currently, the few Psychiatric Hospitals in Ghana are severely congested, and 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. Ghana has only three Public Psychiatric Hospitals namely Accra Psychiatric Hospital, Patang Hospital and Ankaful Hospital.

Ghana’s Mental Healthcare faces the challenges of Availability, Accessibility, Affordability, Quality and Mental Healthcare Professionals due to lack of adequate funding from the Government and the Private Sector.

In finding ways as to how to address the challenges facing Mental Healthcare Delivery in Ghana, Class Fm in an interview with the Acting CEO of the Mental Health Authority, Dr. Akwasi Osei, he disclosed that, the Mental Healthcare needs serious Capital funding and the Government of Ghana can achieve this through Public-Private Engagement.

Adding that, It will be a laudable idea for the Government of Ghana to partner the Private Sector in the Financing of Mental Healthcare Delivery in the country.

Dr. Osei passionately appealed to President Akufo-Addo’s Government to fully resource the Mental Health Authority of Ghana so that the Authority can achieve its goals and also undertake the expansion and renovations of the existing Psychiatric Hospitals in Ghana.

According to him, these are some of the goals of the Law enacted;
1. Accra Psychiatric Teaching Hospital to serve as a referral centre for the Coastal Regions.

2. Kumasi Psychiatric Teaching Hospital to serve as a referral centre for the Middle Belt Regions

3. Tamale Psychiatric Teaching Hospital to serve as a referral centre for the three northern Regions.

3. Regional Psychiatric Hospitals.

4. District Psychiatric Hospitals.

5. National Psychiatry Research Centre to train specialized Mental Healthcare Professionals.

By : Sammy Adjei / Newsghana.com.gh