Health Minister, Kwaku Agyemang Manu has hinted that the psychiatric hospitals in the country will by middle of June receive medications for patients.
He told journalists on the sidelines at the signing of the an MOU between the MOH and the representatives of pharmaceutical companies on implementation of the reduction of VAT on some medicines to reduce prices of drugs in the country that, we are working on it and very soon the various hospitals will be supplied with drugs.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Mental Health Authority, Dr Akwasi Osei, has disclosed that although the various mental facilities including the Accra Psychiatric Hospital, the Pantang Psychiatric Hospital and other psychiatric hospitals in Accra are said to receive an average of 40 patients a day, they have not been allocated funding.
According to him, the Authority, which is in charge of mental health delivery in the country, has not received any budgetary allocation from government almost halfway into the year, a situation that has stalled mental health delivery in the country.
But reacting to the concerns raised, the minister gave an assurance that the money will soon come.
‘’We are still talking about the money but it has not arrived. This year we are still waiting for some releases. I am sure the money will soon come,’’ he said.
On drugs the minister said: ‘’we have awarded a contract and by May ending to the middle of June, we are sure the supplier will start distributing the drugs.’’