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Mental Health Accra Psychiatric hospital closes down OPD

The hospital, in August this year, suspended new cases over the shortage of food and medical supplies.

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The Accra Psychiatric Hospital has suspended admissions for new cases and OPD services in spite of government’s release of some funds to it to settle some of its debts.

This is not the first time the hospital has had to suspend new cases over the shortage of food and medical supplies.

The hospital announced on August 3, 2016, that it had suspended admission of patients into the facility over a GHc4.1 million debt.

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The Ministry of Health subsequently intervened and released an amount of 1.5 million Ghana cedis to be shared equally among the three Psychiatric hospitals, namely Pantang, Ankaful and Accra, to offset some of the debt owed suppliers.

Emmanuel Febiri, a nurse and member of the Public Affairs directorate at the Accra Psychiatric Hospital has however told Pulse.com.gh that the amount is not enough, and hence the decision to suspend admission for new cases, as well as, operations at its Outpatient department.

“The amount involved was 4.2 million Ghana cedis and out of that we were given only 521,000 Ghana cedis, and that money that was given too came with specific instructions that we should pay our suppliers. So the management paid the suppliers hoping that they will come back but they are also saying that the money is woefully inadequate and so not until the entire money is paid, they are not coming back to supply us with the logistics that we need,” Febiri explained.

He added that calls on the government to intervene have proved futile and hence “we are not admitting anyone except those who are on admission that we are taking care of.”

“As I speak to you, common things like pens, books, gloves, we’ve run out of them...there are no medications as well,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Public Relations Officer of the Ministry Of Health, Tony Goodman has told Pulse.com.gh that his outfit is yet to be briefed on the matter.

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