The Director of the Pantang Hospital, Dr. Frank Baning is calling for the implementation of various mental health policies developed by stakeholders.
He says that even though good policies have been developed, they are yet to be implemented, impeding the delivery of proper mental healthcare.
The psychiatric particularly mentioned the planned establishment of a mental health fund, aimed at assisting in the implementation of the new mental health policy.
“We are not doing bad but there is a lot more to be done. We need a lot of advocacies to be done so that the policies will work. But not only the policies, but it is also more on implementation. We have a lot of policies even the mental health fund is in the laws but it has never been implemented,” he said at a meeting with Philanthropist and Entrepreneur, Johnwick Nathan, who had expressed interest in renovating the administrative ward of the hospital.
Dr. Baning was also unhappy about the supply of medicine to the hospital.
“Sometimes for a whole year you probably will have medicines available three months in a year. Rest of the time you need to depend on the open market. Strangely psychiatric medicines are expensive in Ghana. And the reasons are that local manufacturing hasn’t been able to meet up with the demand but I know that these things are work in progress,” he said
He wants authorities to consider social intervention programmes that will be targeted at persons who recover from mental health problems.
“When you come to the socials, it is non-existent. There are no social interventions targeted towards people who suffer from mental disorders. Housing is absent, stipends are absent, skills acquisition among others. Even putting policies in places that protect them are absent,” he lamented.
The meeting between the two was to introduce the contractor who had been assigned for the renovation works at the hospital.