President Mahama Reveals He’s Unaware of Accra Psychiatric Hospital Challenges

Several discomforting challenges forced the Accra Psychiatric hospital to close its Out Patient Department (OPD) few weeks ago

President Mahama has revealed he has not been aware of the extreme wreck the Accra Psychiatric hospital has been reduced to in recent times.

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Mahama during an exclusive interview on Koforidua based Sunrise FM Tuesday, said he was not aware the only mental hospital in Accra has issues with finance and medical supplies. Though Mahama admitted the mental aspect of the health sector requires some help from government, the President said he had no idea Accra Psychiatric hospital has been experiencing very challenging set backs.

The Accra Psychiatric Hospital in recent times, have been battling with a number of challenges. Health officials at the facility particularly the nurses, have for months been agitating over accumulated debts, lack of essential and basic medical supplies such as drugs for patients, hand gloves for nurses, as well as poor environmental conditions.

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These discomforting challenges compelled the hospital to among other things, close its Out Patient Department (OPD) few weeks ago. The nurses said they can no longer expose patients and themselves “to high risk of infection,” hence their declaration of a strike on Monday.

But Mahama during the interview, explained he has been in the dark regarding the issues faced in the country’s only psychiatric hospital. The President further stated that though he is unaware of the crisis, he is committed to resolve the issues to improve mental health delivery.

Mahama noted that government has passed the new mental health bill and is committed to its implementation. He also said that all stakeholders, including the Health Minister, will put heads together to resolve the issues.