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Posted by Johnny (john) on Jul 18 2012
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   The Mental Health and Psychiatry-friendly Deputy Minister of Health, Hon.Robert Joseph Mettle Nunoo on Monday, July 16, 2012 paid a visit to the Accra Psychiatric Hospital. Accompanied by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), Mr. Sylvester Mensah, the honourable deputy minister was on hand to distribute National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) cards to over seven hundred (700) patients who had been enrolled onto the scheme.

 The minister first took the opportunity to embark on an extensive tour of the facility that took him,the CEO and his entourage  and lead by the Medical Director of the Hospital, Dr. Akwasi Osei, to places such as the Special Ward, VIP, Wards C &  E, Pharmacy Department among others. By this tour, Mr. Mettle-Nunoo became the first and only sector minister ever to visit almost every ward, unit and department in the Hospital's 106-years of existence.

In his welcome address, Dr. Akwasi Osei who is also Ghana's Chief Psychiatrist praised the minister for his tremenduous role in getting the Mental Health Bill passed by Parliament last March. He further commended the government for helping meet some of the challenges confronting the hospital and called for more funds to improve the aged infrastructure at the hospital. Dr. Osei further entreated society  not to view Psychiatric Hospitals as horrible places but as specialized institutions where everyone can visit to get help when in distress, and called on the public to accept treated and recovered patients back into mainstream society.

In his address, the deputy minister cautioned drug traffickers and peddlers to desist from their acts since the financial and meterial possessions they acquire through  their illegal trade  for their selfish interests  are not enough to offset the damage they inflict upon society, and called on citizens to exhibit greater sense of responsibility by exposing such nation-wreckers.He said the idea behind the estsblishment of of Psychiatric facilities was to integrate patients into society and not to exclude them from communities. He further assured the Psychiatry unit of government's commitment and support towards improving Mental Health care in Ghana. He was full of praise for management of the hospital for maintaining the highest standards of hygiene and cleaniness at the facility.


The Deputy Director of Nursing Services (DDNS) In-Charge of the Accra Psychiatric Hospital,Mrs. Alice Asare-Allotey on her part commended the NHIA for enrolling the patients onto the NHIS and further cautioned staff of other hospitals to treat psychiatric patients who call at their facilities to assess non-psychiatric services /care to be accorded the the same respect and courtesies as they do other categories of patients. Mrs. Asare-Allotey, who is also the immediate past president of the Ghana Registered Nurses Association (GRNA),again urged the NHIA/NHIS to act with urgency whenever it is time for the patients' cards to be renewed.

The minister later personally presented some of the cards to some patients who attended the event.

Also present at the event were Mr.Peter Agyemang-Gyau, Deputy Chief Health Services Administrator In-Charge of the Accra Psychiatric Hospital; Mr.Ashford Goku,Deputy Chief Accountant-APH; Mr.Mawutor, Director of Social Protection, Ministry of Employment & Social Welfare; Mr. Gingong, Director of Operations-NHIA; Mr.Lawrence Amartey, Gt. Accra Regional Manager-NHIA; Mr. Borketey-Bortey,Scheme Manager of Osu-Klottey NHIS whose office undertook the actual registeration exercise  as well as other officials of the Accra Psychiatric Hospital, MOH and NHIA/NHIS. 

                                               Story by Osei O.Bempah (HHSA).


Last changed: Aug 22 2012 at 3:24 PM

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