Psychiatric Hospitals need rehabilitation centres – Psychiatrist

By
Afedzi Abdullah, GNA

Cape Coast, Sept. 12, GNA – Dr Eugene
Dordoye, the Director of the Ankaful Psychiatric Hospital, has appealed to
Government to help refurbish the hospital’s rehabilitation centre.

This, he said, would enable the hospital
train and successfully reintegrate healed mental health patients into the
society.

He said the Ankaful Psychiatric Hospital’s
rehabilitation centre which was built during the Kwame Nkrumah’s era but had
been left to deteriorate and no longer served the purpose for which it was
established due to lack of funds and resources.

Meanwhile, the refinement of psychiatric
rehabilitation had reached a point where it must be made readily available for
every person who has been treated of mental health.

The goal of psychiatric rehabilitation is to
help such individuals to develop their emotional, social and intellectual
skills needed to live, learn and work in the community with the least amount of
professional support.

Dr Dordoye made the appeal when Dr Ekwow
Spio Garbrah, the Minister for Trade and Industry, presented assorted food
items to the Hospital ahead of his 63rd birthday on Saturday September 10.

The items included bags of rice and maize,
gallons of edible oil, sugar, fruit drinks, detergents and soaps, milk,
biscuits and other provisions.

Dr Dordoye said social relationships, work
and leisure as well as quality of life and family burden was of major interest
for the mentally disabled individuals living in the community, therefore
building their capabilities to get them engaged was imperative.

He expressed gratitude Dr Spio Garbrah for
the gesture and called on philanthropists, Non Governmental Organisations and
other corporate institutions to come to aid of the Hospital.

Dr Spio Garbrah said the Ministry was ready
to provide support to the hospital and lauded the idea of a rehab programme.

He said one of the psychological stresses of
being a mental patient was the inability to fully integrate into the society
after treatment.

He said families would be ready to accept
relatives after treatment only when the patients have developed skills such
that they could engage in income generating activities

Dr Spio Garbrah said the gesture was a way
of showing appreciation to God for his existence on earth and also show love to
persons who through no fault of theirs found themselves in difficult
situations.

This was the third of such presentations
after supporting the Dzorwulu Special School and another orphanage in the
Central Region.

GNA

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