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Ministry of Health Affirms Commitment to Advancing Implementation of Mental Health Act

Written by on June 19, 2024

The Mental Health Authority (MHA) has reaffirmed its dedication to collaborating with key stakeholders to promote further progress in implementing the Mental Health Act across all levels.

The Authority also emphasized the imperative of fully integrating mental health services into general healthcare.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, June 18, the MHA stated, “We remain committed to working alongside relevant stakeholders to advocate for continued advancements in the implementation of the Mental Health Act at all levels, the complete integration of mental health services into general healthcare, and a concerted effort to educate and raise awareness about mental health.

“It is crucial to highlight that Section 73 of the Mental Health Act mandates District Assemblies, Social Welfare Services, Security Services, healthcare professionals, family members, and all citizens to play specific roles in caring for individuals with mental disorders encountered in public spaces.”

The Authority appealed to the government, stakeholders, civil society organizations (CSOs), the private sector, and the public for their support in realizing the improvements envisioned by the Act.

These statements from the Authority come in response to an incident involving a patient suspected of exhibiting symptoms of mental health issues, who was reportedly abandoned in a bush at Gomoa Ojobi in the Central Region. The patient had previously been admitted to the Trauma and Specialist Hospital in Winneba, but concerns have been raised about the handling of mental health cases.

Additionally, the Authority highlighted the case of a 2-year-old child who was critically injured after allegedly being assaulted by an individual with a mental disorder found in a public place.

“The initial incident involved a 2-year-old child in critical condition after reportedly being assaulted by an individual with a mental disorder in a public place, who allegedly repeatedly struck her head against the ground. According to reports received by the Authority, she has since been discharged from Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital but still requires ongoing outpatient care.

“The second tragic incident involved a patient allegedly suspected of experiencing some symptoms of mental health illness being abandoned in a bush at Gomoa Ojobi in the Central Region, after being on hospital admission at the Trauma and Specialist Hospital, Winneba. The victim was later found dead by community members. ”

The Authority commended the Ghana Health Service for commencing a probe into the Gomoa Ojobi incident.

“The Authority is awaiting the Ghana Health Service’s report on its current investigations and commends the Service for starting a probe It extended its deepest sympathies to both victims and their families.

“The Authority expresses its heartfelt condolences to the victims and their families. While deeply saddened, the Authority recognizes that these incidents underscore significant systemic challenges within the nation’s mental health framework. They highlight the harmful effects of stigma, discrimination, and a lack of adequate support for individuals affected by mental health disorders.


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