The Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), wants parliament to speed up the passage of a Legislative Instrument (LI) to give backing and support to the Mental Health Act passed in 2012.
CDD-Ghana also admonished government to invest more resources to ensure the full implementation of the Act according to Citi News
These were contained in a statement issued by the Center to mark World Mental Health Day today, Wednesday, October 10.
“Six years after the Mental Health Act, 2012 (Act 846) was passed, the absence of a Legislative Instrument (LI) to ensure effective implementation of the Act remains a challenge. This, coupled with insufficient resources allocated to mental healthcare, inadequate number of mental health professionals, cultural and traditional factors that impede the efficient delivery of mental health care, total disregard for the dignity and fundamental human rights of mental health patients and absence of a governing board for the Mental Health Authority, should be matters of grave concern not only to government, but to citizens as well.”
CDD said the day presents government the opportunity to put in place, systems to ensure the quality of mental healthcare to Ghanaians.
“This day presents a unique opportunity for the government and all stakeholders to reflect and take steps to improve upon the existing structures to provide adequate support systems which would aid the delivery of quality mental health care to all citizens.”