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Tuesday, 18 July 2017 11:51

TREAT MENTAL PATIENTS WITH DIGNITY

mentalhealthOn 5th of June, 2017, 16 mental patients were rescued by the Mental Health Authority from an unnamed prayer camp at Nyankumasi in the Assin South District of the Central Region. According the report by 3news.com, these patients were chained to trees for years and forced to fast with little or no medical attention. Some of the patients had been at the prayer camp for as long as 17 years. They suffered bites from insects and were left under unfavorable weather conditions due to the restrictions placed on their movement.
They were rescued in a special operation by the Ghana Mental Health Authority led by the Chief Psychiatrist, Dr. Akwasi Osei. The operation formed part of a nationwide campaign dubbed “A Ban on Chaining and Shackles” of persons with mental disorders. They are have since been sent to the Ankaful Psychiatric Hospital for medical attention.
The HRAC would like to commend the effort of the Mental Health Authority in ensuring that the rights of these mental health patients were not further abused. We would also like to entreat the public to do same as The Mental Health Act of 2012 explicitly spells out that “a person with past or present mental disorder, shall not be subjected with discrimination and, whatever the cause, nature or degree of mental disorder, has the same fundamental human rights as a fellow citizen.”