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Health News Fri, 21 Aug 2015

Ankaful psychiatric hospital to stop admissions

Management of the Ankaful psychiatric hospital in Cape Coast in the Central region is calling on government to come to their aid as a result of lack funds to support inmates.

Medical Director of the hospital, Armah Eliot who revealed this on Adom FM’s morning show ‘Dwaso Nsem’ Thursday said they have been compelled to reject admission of new patients due to lack of funds to cater for them.

He said the hospital have resorted to borrowing from different organizations because calls on government to get their situation sorted for the past years have fallen on deaf ears.

Mr. Eliot noted that arrears of the hospital have arisen to about GHc1 million, a situation he describes as very worrying since those organizations have turned their backs on the hospital in terms of support.

“We are no more getting funds from government and I must say that it has really taken a toll on the hospital because we have now resorted to turning away new patients because we can’t afford to take care of them.

“Government is aware of our challenges but has done nothing about it and so we are appealing to them to immediately come to our aid because authorities at the facility are really suffering” he lamented.

He said the facility also lacks funds to fuel generators anytime there is a power outage adding that they can no longer keep piling on debts to keep the hospital running.

Meanwhile, Public Relations Officer of the Health Ministry, Tony Goodman on the same show urged authorities of the facility to rather channel their grievances to the Mental Health Authority, which he noted has a way of generating money to psychiatric hospitals in the country.

“It’s best they direct their problems to the authority because it is an agency under our ministry and they will be in the right position to support them” he stated.

Source: adomonline.com