Forever True Friends, a philanthropic group comprising entrepreneurs, business owners, professionals, and civil servants have donated assorted items to the Female Ward [Ward 11], at the Pantang Hospital.
The items included toiletries, biscuits, sugar, detergents, sanitizers, beverages, bottled water, drinks, cereals and others.
Receiving the items on behalf of the ward, Mrs. Alberta Twumesi-Ankrah expressed gratitude to the group.
She bemoaned the lack of resources to manage the ward, which manages chronic mental illness of females.
According to her, the condition under which they work was not the best because we depend on donations from people, organizations to manage patients in the ward.
She also revealed, the resources allocated to them are woefully inadequate.
She said, the facility sometimes have to depend on the charges from the VIP ward and out the charges from the VIP wards, we use part to manage the over 28 inmates here.
Mrs. Twumesi-Ankrah added that, patients are unable to feed patients properly due to their financial constraints.
‘’The money we receive is woefully inadequate especially for chronic patients. We depend on internally generated funds to manage them. When they are physically sick, we depend on the hospital. Their drugs, food and everything is financed by the hospital,’’ she told the media.
She added: ‘’we usually depend on donations from NGOs, churches, good Samaritans, and others.’’
On the issue of families who have their relatives at the facility she said, they do not visit them and those who even visit, do so once in a blue moon.
She appealed to government to resource the mental hospital so they can manage the patients well.
Discharging patients she noted has become a challenge because their relatives, ''cannot not be traced and any contact available to the facility has proved futile.''
On his part, Chairman of the group, Cudjoe Awudi, expressed shock at the revelation and wondered why a facility will be in such a distress.
He told the media that, the situation at the facility calls for an emergency response and has admonished philanthropists and other organizations to donate to the facility.
He said the group will on monthly basis, donate to the ward.
He was of the view that, mental health should be every citizen’s concern.