EMBRACING THE POLICY IN MAKING MENTAL HEALTH BETTER IN GHANA.


 



 


Story by Azaglo Fiakofi Michael 


Embracing The Policy In Making Mental Health Better In Ghana, Organized By Ministry Of Health And Mental Health Authority On 29th April. 2021,At Fiesta Royale Hotel. Accra Ghana. 


"The launch of the 12years Mental Health Policy for Ghana. It is historic not only because it is the first of its kind under the newly created agency of the Mental Health Authority of the Ministry of Health, but also because the prevailing Covid-19 pandemic has brought on board heightened issues of mental health and wellbeing of today’s event and beyond should set us on the path to improving the way we view and deliver mental health service in our country",said by Hon.kwaku Agyeman-Manu, MP, Minister Of Health. 


"Over the years, I have come to acknowledge the plethora of problems Mental Healthcare has been facing in the nation. These include the recurrent problem of under financing, discrimination and stigmatization against mental health staff and patients, inadequate human resource, the relative lack of interest of individuals coming into mental health as profession and the fact that mental health has been ignored by both civil society and policy makers.



The development of the first Mental Health Policy for Ghana was in 1994 and reviewed in 1996. Subsequently there has been a global change in the health sector landscape and this has had a positive impact on Ghana and the world at large. Admittedly, some progress has since been made in the delivery of mental health services in the country although many challenges still persist. This policy was developed with this in mind, to provide a framework to mitigate the challenges faced in the provision of mental health services in the country and forge ahead for an improved service delivery".


Hon. Kwaku agyeman said,"that It should be mentioned here that the United Nation’s Sustainable Developments Goals (SDGs) have aptly widened health beyond physical health to mental and social wellbeing".

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