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Mentally challenged persons on the street not from Ankaful – Acting Director

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The Acting Director of the Ankaful Psychiatric Hospital says the soaring number of mentally deranged individuals roaming the streets of Cape Coast and surrounding communities are not be from the Ankaful Psychiatric hospital.

Mr. Otuo Serebour tells ATL FM that inpatients at the facility do not, under any circumstance, escape the walls of the hospital.

There has been growing public concern about the soaring number of mentally challenged persons roaming the streets due to the evident danger they pose to society.
Mr. Otuo Serebour explains that in the wake of financial constraints the facility is beset with, all patients within the hospital are well catered for with the necessary medical treatment administered.

Speaking on the Atlantic Wave on Monday, he said the mentally challenged persons found on the streets are not clients of the hospital.

“I don’t think that people you find on the streets are clients we have treated or in our care who have absconded. I don’t think so. The rate of absconding is not as alarming as you think. People we have treated are even not allowed to leave without a trusted relative. Absconding is not on our radar. It is not a difficulty we have”, he said.

The acting director noted that due to financial difficulties, the facility has moved from active case finding to a more passive state where persons who suffer mentally are brought to them. Mr. Serebour said the inability to get the legislative instrument which stipulates the means of funding of the Mental Health Authority remains a bane to their progress.

While appealing to corporate Ghana and other well-meaning Ghanaians to support the hospital, he also encouraged the general public to bring persons who roam the streets while suffering mental ill health to the Ankaful psychiatric hospital in the spirit of protecting society.

 


By: ATL FM News

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