As part of its socialist values and ideals to improve lives of deprived and neglected persons in the country, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) women’s wing yesterday extended its charity arm to the Accra Psychiatric Hospital with food and other needed items to the inmates.
The presentation was meant to show love to the patients, especially mothers who found themselves in the mental facility ahead of the Mothers’ Day celebrations which fall on next Sunday, May 14.
The items included 20 cartons of cooking oil, 100 pieces of cloth, 60 pieces of towels, 15 packs of toilet rolls, five packs of sanitary pads, 25 bags of sachet water, six cartons of Tuna, and 25 bags of rice.
The rest of the items were four boxes of Samaritan Purse, five boxes of detergent two boxes of soap, 40 loaves of bread, 22 boxes of bottled water and one bale of clothes.
Though the NDC has on numerous other occasions donated to vulnerable people, it was the first of its kind to support a worthy cause and the first public event that brought the women’s leadership together after the 2016 general elections.
The donation was led by former government ministers and appointees, including, Madam Faustian Nelson, former Chair of Council of State, Betty Mould-Iddrissu, National Vice Chair of NDC; Valarie Sawyerr, former government policy advisor, Sherry Ayittey, former Minister of Health, Ambassador Molly Anim Addo, Hajia Zainab Mahama, National Women’s Oragniser, Nana Oye Lithur, Former Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Hon Queenster Pokua Sawyerr, MP for Agona West, Hon. Comfort Doyoe Cudjoe, MP Ada East and Dr. Zanetor Agyeman-Rawlings, MP for Klottey Korle.
The rest o the women leaders and former ministers of the NDC present were Joyce Bawah Mogtari, former Deputy Minister of Transport and current Aide to former President John Mahama, Elizabeth Agyare, former Minister of Tourism, Dr. Catherine Deynu, Deputy National Women’s Organiser, as well as some regional and constituency women’s leaders.
The gesture, according to the NDC National Women’s Organizer, Hajia Zainab Mahama, was borne out of love to show to both patients and staff of the hospital.
She referred to the donation as a ‘token,’ assuring more support for the hospital in the future.
Presenting the items to the hospital, Nana Oye Lithur, former Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, said the donation was to enable the patients to participate in the Mothers’ Day celebrations.
“We are here today to show our love to the patients, some of them are mothers and as we celebrate Mothers’ Day coming Sunday, we thought it to be of concerned to come and donate these items so they can also have something to celebrate,” she said.
The former Gender Minister maintained that NDC is a social democratic party and reaching out to vulnerable people, especially on occasion, like Mothers’ Day on which we celebrate women who toil to bring up all of us.
Ms Sherry Ayittey, former Minister of Health, said mental health is a major problem in the health sector for which reason the NDC government passed into law the Mental Health Act which would in many ways help the mental patients.
She stated that, every person is a potential mental patient and there was the need for every Ghanaian to be concerned about the needs and conditions of patients in mental health facilities, noting, ” as we are here today as normal, we can come back here next day as patients to this facility and therefore we must be interested in the good conditions of these facilities.”
Dr. Zanator Agyeman-Rawlings, Member of Parliament for Klottey Korle constituency, commended the entire hospital staff for the wonderful roles they play daily in ensuring proper management and effective handling of situations in the facility.
She said at no point in time should we, as people, stigmatize mental patients and appealed to all well-meaning Ghanaians, as well as benevolent Institutions, to mobilise resources to support the hospital.
Receiving the items on behalf of the hospital, Dr. Ama Boadu, the head of the Public Relations Unit of the hospital, expressed gratitude to the NDC and the women’s wing for the gesture.
She equally called for more support, adding “we’re happy to receive from you, may God richly bless you and please bring us more because we’re always ‘Oliver Twist,’ so we ask for more in Jesus name.
Dr. Boadu identified infrastructure gap as a major challenge confronting the hospital and therefore strongly called on other charitable organizations and philanthropists in the country, as well Corporate Ghana, to make use of the opportunity and donate handsomely to support the hospital.
Established in 1904, the Accra Psychiatric Hospital can barely boast of about 20 wards so far, which is unable to accommodate many mental patients brought to its medical attention daily.
In spite of that, the wards are yet to see any proper improvement in terms of rehabilitation.
Some of the buildings are currently in a deplorable state begging for immediate rehabilitation.
According to Dr. Boadu, the government alone cannot solve the myriad of challenges the hospital is faced with and for that matter it will require the support of all Ghanaians to make it work.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com / Felix Engsalige Nyaaba