March 14, 2012

A delegation of Mental Health Workers on Wednesday paid a visit to Parliament to express their gratitude to the legislators for passing the Mental Health Bill.

The team led by the acting chief psychiatrist, Dr. Akwesi Osei thanked the Parliamentarians for their commitment and time spent to see the Bill which took several years while being enacted passed into law.

Dr. Kwesi Osei is one individual who has spearheaded the campaign for the passage of the Mental Health Bill.

The Bill was developed with support from the World Health Organization and placed before Parliament for consideration on July 20 2011 by the Minister of Employment and Social Welfare, Enoch Teye Mensah in accordance with Article 75 of the 1992 Constitution until it was endorsed yesterday March 13, 2012.

The Bill among other things seeks to address stigma through education and legal protection of patients’ rights.

The bill will also ensure adequate funding for faculties and personnel.

The Deputy Majority Leader, Rashid Pelpuo who received the delegation noted that it is rare to see a delegation from an organization that is to benefit from a Law passed showing appreciation by visiting Parliament.

He assured the delegation of Parliament’s dedication to work to improve the quality of mental health delivery in the country.

Kwadwo Anim/