- The Accra psychiatric hospital is expected to be shut down very soon
- Head of the unit says the lack of funds and resources from government is the main reason for the shutdown
In the next few years, access to mental health in Ghana could be an impossibility as the Ghana’s main psychiatric facility – the Accra Psychiatric Hospital is said to be on the brink of collapse.
Chief Executive mental officers of the hospital, Dr. Akwasi Osei has revealed that the closure of the facility will clearly be due to the lack of financial funding, and also the non-availability of proper structures to keep the place from running.
Just some few months ago, the hospital is feared to have been shut down due to the debt it owed in excess of 4 million Ghana Cedis to its various clinical suppliers – a development which saw the erstwhile Mahama administration pay only five 500,000 cedis.
Workers of the hospital have also embarked upon various demonstrations and threatened to quit their jobs all in the name of poor remuneration and the inability of government to offer better working conditions.
The closure of this hospital is bound to have dire consequences on the nation especially as mental health remains one of the major health concerns aside various other chronic diseases.
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