The International Central Gospel Church (ICGC) has supported the Mental Health Authority with a sum of GHC 200,000.
The donation is geared towards procuring and installing three electro-convulsive therapy machines (ECT machine) for the three major psychiatric hospitals.
The electro- convulsive therapy machines will serve the Accra, Pantang and Ankaful Psychiatric Hospitals.
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The leadership of ICGC made the donation following a health walk to mark the church’s 35th Anniversary celebration.
Head Pastor of the church, Dr. Mensa Otabil lamented the limited resources available to mental health institutions in the country.
He said it is worrying that mental health delivery remains poor despite its ever growing need among citizens.
“For some time now, I have expressed some concern about the quality of mental healthcare delivery in Ghana. It is evident that the percentage of our limited national resources allocated to this challenging aspect of healthcare is often inadequate to meet their ever-growing needs,” Pastor Otabil said.
On his part, the Chief Executive Officer of the MHA, Dr Akwasi Osei, thanked ICGC for the donation.
He said the electro-convulsive therapy machines will go a long way to help mental health patients.
“Mental health conditions are such that unlike malaria you’re treated for three days and you’re fine, mental health conditions, you need to be treated for some time. The ECT machine shortens the duration very remarkably,” Dr. Osei said.
“It’s an area that we assume it doesn’t exist or if it exists it affects other people instead of us. We are not given proper attention and that’s why we are very happy that you have come, you have recognized this situation and you’ve decided to devote all this walk to us.
“Indeed very often people know our plight but they don’t want to associate with us because they fear we will infect them”, he added.
Reports suggest 41% of the Ghanaian population has some form of psychological distress.
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