To reintegrate 16 mental health patients into society, the Peki government hospital has organised a vocational skill training for them to be financially equipped after undergoing rehabilitation.
The Patients who underwent nine months of training in beads making, mushroom and snail farming were awarded with certificates and starter packs to enable them make an ends meet.
Organised by Peki government hospital and in collaboration with Ebenms Fungi production with support from the Presbyterian church of Ghana Peki, the rehabilitation project was spearheaded by the hospital’s mental health unit.
The project seeks to ensure the emotional and social development and intellectual skills patients need to live in a community and to ensure an effective reintegration of recovered clients to the society.
In her remarks, the Head of the Mental Health Unit of the hospital, Ms. Mercy Sitsofe Tettey commended stakeholders for their immense support and contribution to the success of the rehabilitation project to address the economic needs of the clients and the beneficiaries for their relentless efforts to fend for themselves and not depend on anyone for survival.
She said the effective and integrated efforts of healthcare providers is to work hand in hand to explore the unique potentials of the mentally disabled.
She noted that mental disorder could affect anyone thus, the need for society to eradicate the thoughts that “mentally challenged patients are useless in the development of society”.
The South Dayi District Director of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Patience Nunoo called for an end to stigmatisation of mentally unstable patients by their own relatives.
She lamented that due to inadequate accommodation for client, relatives abandon them to their fate. However the need to integrate them back into society.
She said the difficult conditions under which mental health operators work was appalling. She said enough accommodation for the nurses and clients was challenging adding that the unavailability of drugs has to be addressed.
Mrs. Nunoo disclosed that the district recorded a total of 1,658 mental cases, 330 defaulters, and 201 relapse due to non compliance and refusal to turn up for revisit from 2017 to the first quarter of 2019.
She said nurses sometimes risks their lives in handling more aggressive clients and therefore called on philanthropists and individuals to help sustain the project in order to aid the reintegration of mental health patients into society.
The Trainer of the beneficiaries, who is also Executive Director for Ebenms Fungi Production, and Chief of Takla Traditional Area, Togbe Dzempe II called on organisations to support the course with resources to enable the foundation reach out to more less privileged persons in the society.
He said, Ebenms Fungi Production is an incorporated company involved in honey production, snail farming and in the production of mushrooms and mushroom ‘shito’.
By Agnes Melissa Yovo |VOLTA REGION