October 12, 2018
In commemoration of ‘World Mental Health Day”, The Member of Parliament (MP) for Korley-Klottey Constituency, Dr Zanetor Agyemang-Rawlings, paid a working visiting to the Accra Psychiatric Hospital.

She was conducted round by the head of the institution, Dr. Pinaman Appau to have a fair view about the state of the facility. Dr Agyemang-Rawlings asked how long will this important facility continue to survive on donations?

The MP noted that the only mental health facility we have in the capital is in a deplorable state and such an emergency all-hands-on-deck approach is needed to give the institution as well as other mental health facilities in the country a facelift.

Dr Agyemang-Rawlings again stated we cannot relegate the mental health of our people to the background

She urged Ghanaians to seize the stigmatization against persons with mental illness. According to her, mental illness is curable and affected persons should not be treated as outcast in society but rather be seen as victims which needed help from the general public to live.

Dr Zenator, gave the assurance that she would take the advocacy to Parliament to deliberate on the Legislative Instrument (LI) on the Mental Health when it resumes from recess.

‘’There have been mental laws but the government upon government failed to enforce it to the letter, while funding also remained another factor if which mental health facilities remained in poor and dilapidated”.

The MP for Ledzorkuku and Board Chair for the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Dr. Oko Boye was there to lend his support and supported the hospital with her widow’s mite.

By Alice Abubakari/Ghanadistricts.com