04 July 2017

Accra Psychiatric Hospital To Shut Down Due To Mounting Debt


The Accra Psychiatric Hospital could be closed down soon due to mounting debt and inability to meet continuously rising costs.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Mental Health Authority, Dr. Akwasi Osei, said government has not committed to meeting the facility’s Ghc 4m debt, which could force them to shut down soon.

Citifmonline reports…

The Accra Psychiatric Hospital may soon shut down due to lack of funds, Chief Executive Mental Officer of the Mental Health Authority, Dr. Akwasi Osei has cautioned.

The limited inflow of income from stakeholders, according Dr. Osei, is hindering the facility from rendering services effectively.

The Hospital almost shut down a few months ago due to a four million Ghana cedi debt owed its suppliers. The previous government only paid five hundred thousand cedis, and provided some supplies to the facility at the time, but this could not mitigate the challenge.

Dr. Osei said a meeting with the Health Minister to find resolutions to the challenge did not yield results as the Ministry has given several promises but had not take any action yet.

“We have met with the Minister on several occasions but they just say they want to help, but we want them to move beyond simply wanting to help to actually help,” Dr Osei requested.

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