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CHIEF PSYCHIATRIST ATTENDS ADABRAKA HOMOWO FESTIVAL

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Posted by Johnny (john) on Aug 21 2012
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 Dr.Akwasi Osei,Chief Psychiatrist, Ministry Of Health/Ghana Health Service, who is also the Medical Director of the Accra Psychiatric Hospital and a delegation from the Hospital on saturday, August 18, 2012 joined the Adabraka Mantse, Nii Tetteh Adjabeng II and the people of Adabraka in Accra to celebrate their Homowo Festival.

The visit was also to pay homage to the custodian of the land on which the nation's premier Mental Health facility has been occupying for over a century.

The Hospital  officials who accompanied Dr. Osei included Mr. D.M.N. Allotey, Chief Enviromnent Officer and a Ga native; Mr.Francis Ajebu, Welfare Secretary; Mr. Patrick Tamakloe, Welfare PRO, and Mr. Osei Owusu Bempah, Houseman Health Administrator.

Welcoming Dr. Osei and his entourage, Nii Adjabeng shook hands with the Medical Derector and happily declared 'at long last the battle has been won', in apparent reference to Parliament's passage of the Mental Health Bill which was aslo singned into law by the late President, HE Prof. J.E.A.Mills just a couple of weeks before his demise. It would be recalled that when the chief last visited the Psychiatric Hospital on October 10 last year as the Guest of Honour on  the occasion of World Mental Health Day 2011, Nii Adjabeng expressed optimism that the Mental Health Bill would be passed before his next visit to the facility.

The Chief Psychiatrist customarily presented two bottles of schnapp and an envelope containing an undisclosed amount of cash to Nii Adjabeng and thanked the Adabraka Mantse for the support he had been offering and continues to offer the Hospital in particular and Mental Health in general. Dr. Osei further praised him for the peace enjoyed by the people within his jurisdiction and wished him a healthy and prosperous life.

On his part, Nii Adjabeng, an accountant by profession, thanked Dr. Osei for his visit and promised his unwavering support for  the Hospital and  Mental Health as a whole. He prayed for peace for the nation before, during and after the  December 2012 polls, and advised Ghanaians, especially the youth, to be honest, respect tradition and authority, stay away from the use of illicit drugs, alcohol as well as premature and unprotected sex.

It is worthy of note that the Adabraka Mantse has been a great friend and strong advocate of Mental Health and he was truly excited when the Chief Psychriatrist notified him minutes after the passage of the Bill on March 2, 2012.

                                              Story by Osei O.Bempah (HHSA).

 

Last changed: Jan 09 2013 at 2:39 PM

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