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The Chairman of the Mental Health Board, Prof Joseph Bediako Asare has inaugurated a seven member Brong-Ahafo Regional Mental Health Coordinating Subcommittee in Sunyani, the Regional capital. Prof Asare noted that the Council which is the highest decision making body of the Region so far as Mental Health goes, urged the sub-committee to ensure that the Mental Health care delivery receives a major boost to bring relief to the mentally ill and the public at large. The newly inaugurated Brong-Ahafo Regional Mental Health coordinating subcommittee becomes the main representatives of the Mental Health Authority in the Region. Prof Asare charged them to ensure that mentally ill patients received better treatment in the region. He entreated them to respect each other views within the region and equally work closely with the NGOs and Civil societies to help in the implementation of Mental Health Act 2012, (Act 846) in the region. The Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Mental Health Authority, Dr. Akwasi Osei, noted that in 2001, World Health Organisation recognized that many countries did not have a modern mental health legislation to support quality mental health care, and encouraged all counties to enact laws that will protect the mentally ill. He said this is the third of subcommittees being inaugurated in line with the implementation of the mental health Act 2012, (Act 846), saying the two Regional subcommittees inaugurated are those for Eastern and Volta regions. Dr. Osei was optimistic that the subcommittee will empower every person with mental illness, irrespective of where they live in the region, and ensure they get the same level of mental health care with no stigma, discrimination and human right abuses as other persons anywhere in the country. He charged the Subcommittee to support, Coordinate and advised the Regional Mental Health care delivery effort and plans as well as policies to improve the sectors in the region. Dr. Osei tasked them to ensure that in the near future no mental patient will be seen on the streets of Sunyani or other towns or villages in the region. According to him, the committee will regard Traditional and Faith based Healers as allies and will work with, to eliminate the abuse of the human rights of mentally ill people. The Deputy Brong-Ahafo Regional Minister, Justice Samuel Adjei, noted that the formation of the subcommittee will be a means of entrenching quality mental health care in the region and the country at large. He pledged the Brong-Ahafo Regional Coordinating Council’s support for their activities. The Chairman of the subcommittee and Deputy Director, Clinical Care at the Regional Health Directorate, Dr. Kofi Amo Kodieh said they feel honoured for the opportunity and are committed to work diligently.

Source: Biiya Mukusah Ali/http://newspaper.developghana.com/

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