The Ministry of Health will today release Gh¢1.6 million to the Accra Psychiatric Hospital to avoid a total shutdown of the facility.

The health minister has been to the facility and assured authorities he will get their debts cleared as well as provide funds for the effective running of the facility.

Ghana’s premier facility for persons with psychiatric and mental disorders among other related health complications suspended admission of patients over a GHc4.1 million debt.

The decision was taken following several failed attempts by management of the facility to get government to meet its budgetary obligation for more than three years.

Management of the Accra Psychiatric Hospital has refused to resume admission of patients to the facility, adding that admissions can only resume when payments are effected.

“All the minister said was that they will bring money for us to pay the suppliers, they didn’t mention the amount and the deadline as to when they are going to bring the money, so nothing has changed and what the patients are living on is what NADMO brought,” a nurse at the Accra Psychiatric Hospital, Emmanuel Febiri, told Starr News.

Source: Ghana/Starrfmonline.com/103.5FM/Miriam Hayford

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