-Management of the Ankaful Mental institution have threatened to send patients home
-The authorities at the hospital indicated that they lacked the funds to man the facility
-They revealed that government funding was not forthcoming causing huge financial burdens on their activities.
The management and staff of the Ankaful Psychiatric have hinted that they would be left with no choice than to send patients back home if the government did not step in immediately to fulfill its financial obligations to the hospital.
Speaking to a group of donors, Dr. Emefa Dadzie, the Acting Clinical Coordinator of the Psychiatric Hospital said that it had become a daily routine of the management to struggle to put money together just to feed the inmates of the institution for a day.
She added that government funding had not come in even though some promises were made early on in the year for funding to be made available to the hospital.
She recounted the fact that most of their creditors were not willing to give the hospital supplies because of the huge debts accumulated in the institution’s name over the years.
She indicated that the only resort left was to send patients home because feeding had become a major challenge due to delays in releasing funds government coffers.
Coupled with their financial difficulties, the institution also faces infrastructural challenges since the over 50-year old hospital has not seen major renovation in a while.
The government has however indicated that measures had already been put in place to ensure that some 3 major hospitals in the country receive funding in the course of the week- Ankaful Psychiatric Hospital is one of the earmarked institutions.
The hospital recently received benevolent assistance from The Church of Latter-Day Saint in Cape Coast.
Earlier this year, some staff of the Accra Psychiatric Hospital also embarked on a demonstration to draw government’s attention to its plight.
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