Accra Psychiatric Hospital forced to beg for food to feed patients

Accra Psychiatric Hospital forced to beg for food to feed patients

The management of the Accra Psychiatric Hospital has been forced to plead with generous members of the public to contribute their kindness to help feed hospital inmates because of lack of funds.

YEN.com.gh has come across a cry for help by the management of the Accra Psychiatric Hospital, who have been hit by a lack of funds, and thus request the charity of public to feed inmates.

The hospital, originally built as a prison, is home for patients whose condition is prison-like for a hospital.

According Myjoyonline.com, deprivation and neglect are the main themes of the state of the facility plus the ever-recurring incidents of violent patients.

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The building was put up in 1906 for a prison but later converted to a psychiatric hospital.

Now, management is begging for rice, drugs and other essentials to sustain its 400 inmates who depend on a paltry Ghc 110,000 monthly budgetary allocation. But it is estimated to cost $ 8500 to treat one schizophrenia patient.

A publicist of the hospital said to Joy FM on Wednesday, May 29, 2019: “You just experienced a day of the hospital situation. I have worked there for 6 years.”

Emmanual Aboagye Appiah, the publicist, did not caution listeners when he opened up on the dehumanising situation both staff and clients endure using the Accra Psychiatric hospital.

He recalled how a nurse lost her baby and a doctor was attacked by a patient.

“We are trained not to retaliate. These are our patients. This is what we are trained to do", Appiah added.

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The Accra Psychiatric hospital is not giving up. Management has resorted to ingenious means to feed and help its client, including begging.

It is the hope of YEN.com.gh that well-meaning Ghanaians as well as government will respond promptly to the problem at the hospital.

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