The Accra Psychiatric Hospital, last Saturday, received a donation worth GHc12,000 from the Rotary Club of Accra-Airport and the Adabraka branch of the HFC Bank to support the treatment of mental illnesses.
The items included several bags of rice, beans, maize, gari, sugar, gallons of cooking oil, cartons of milk and milo, cans of fish, loaves of bread and some used clothes.
Presenting the items in Accra, the president of the Rotary Club Accra-Airport, Mr Nathan Adu noted that patients at the hospital were not designed to be confined indefinitely at the facility, unfortunately due to the stigma attached to mental illness, many patients have been abandoned in the facility though they were healed.
He appealed to families and relations of the patients to accept and help them integrate into society, so as to address the issues of congestions at the facility and lessen the burden on government in caring for such huge numbers.
Mr Adu said Rotary’s commitment to humanitarian services and giving back to society to develop and improve lives in communities kindled the move to respond to the hospital’s call for support to help cater for the patients.
The Adabraka branch manager of the HFC Bank, Mrs Josephine Amoah, said as part of its corporate social responsibility her outfit decided to partner Rotary Club to support the hospital because it was located in the catchment area of the bank.
She said the bank had a duty to give back to society as other cooperate bodies do and added that the donation was made possible by staff and customers of the branch.
Madam Amoah avowed the bank’s commitment to better the environment in which they operate, adding that from next year, the bank has decided to adopt a ward to fully cater for it.
A member of the hospital’s communication team, Mr. Emmanuel Febiri, who received the items, urged other benevolent donors to emulate the gesture
By Dinah Twumasi