The Accra Psychiatric Hospital might face closure due to what administration have attributed to lack of resources to run the hospital adequately.
The hospital since last week has refused to take in new inmates or critical cases. Here is what you need to know.
According to the report by the Ghanaian Times, the hospital’s regular suppliers have halted the supply of essential goods such as detergents, gloves, staple foods, fish and meat. The debt has amounted to a whopping Ȼ41.1 million since 2013.
The Head of the Mental Health Authority, Dr Akwasi Osei in an interview revealed that the hospital might no longer run its normal operations unless government released the needed funds to the facility.
Despite several correspondences to the Ministry of Health (MOH) over the issue, there has not been any official comment yet from the Health Minister.
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The hospital at this point collects levies from patients in other to shelve the financial responsibilities of the facility. This move is against the metal law which stipulates that the Government must cater for patients free of charge.
Other psychiatric hospitals like Pantang and Ankaful in the Greater Accra and Central region respectively also owe their suppliers about Ȼ3 million each.
Aside the debt, the facility is also in a deplorable state with most roofs leaking and other electrical wires exposed to the eye.
According to a member of the Public Relations Directorate of the Accra Psychiatric Hospital, Emmanuel Febiri, donations have trickled in from the Flag Staff House, the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) which has kept them going for two weeks.