Chief Executive of Ghana Mental Health Authority is asking the government to commit more funding to the management of mental health in the country. Dr. Kwasi Osei says though the government has twice released funds to the Authority this year, it is not enough to promote the well-being of patients.
According to him, there were no budgetary allocations for the three psychiatric hospitals in the country in 2016, a situation which put pressure on managers of the facilities. Dr. Osei wants the government to pay more attention to mental health in Ghana.
Dr. Osei has appealed to the government to absorb postgraduate training cost in psychiatry and all related specialities and also constitute the Mental Health Board and pass Legislative Instrument to Mental Health Act, Act 846. Though the Mental Health Bill was passed into law in 2012, it lacks the necessary LI for its smooth implementation to help remove human rights barriers surrounding the treatment and upkeep of persons with mental illness.