Former Chief Psychiatrist, Dr Joseph Bediako (J.B) Asare has appealed on behalf of, the Mental Health Authority, for government to pass the Legislative Instrument (LI) bill on ‘Mental Health’.
This he said will make things stabilized in the mental health sector.
He disclosed this to the host of Pink FM’s current affairs programme, ‘Omanbapa Kasa’, Kofi Asamoah Aning. Dr. J.B Asare was on the view that the passing of the bill will help cater for the needs of the mentally ill patients.
“If the legislative instrument is passed, the bill will have immense financial support, and this Act could help the mental workers. As at now, the workers at the mental hospitals are not motivated to do anything. I’m pleading to the government to take a second look at mental health hospitals”, he indicated.
According to the Former Chief psychiatrist, during his term in office, the previous governments were helping him but now that the Mental Health Act has been passed, it should have included necessary things like this.
“It is something small, we are asking of the government to make this LI bill passed to ensure the free flow of funds monthly. For it to be used in buying medicine and taking care of the patients. Things are not going on well there”, he emphasized.
The Mental Health Authority, in recent times, has complained that the government need to release funds since as it is taking a toll on patient’s treatment. The LI will end the grievances of Psychiatric Hospitals in relying on government for funding.
The current Chief Executive of Ghana Mental Authority (GMA), Dr Akwasi Osei, has also added his voice to this outcry. He has stated that, the funding is necessary for the effective care of mentally retarded patient.
“For six months, almost the middle of the year, we have not had a pesewa from the central government; from the Ministry of Health. And not only the Mental Health Authority but also the psychiatrist hospitals and patients have to be fed; they have to be given medications, they have to be given detergents and what now”, Dr Akwasi Osei stressed.
Source: Elizabeth Adomah/ pinkfmonlinegh.com