The Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Mental Health Authority (MHA), Dr. Caroline Amissah has appealed to government to invest more in mental health by increasing its budgetary allocation to address issues, challenges and healthcare delivery more effectively and efficiently.
She said mental healthcare be included in the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to cater for the health needs of patients as part of the efforts in streamlining the inequalities against mental health in the country’s healthcare systems.
The Deputy Chief Executive Officer consequently urged the Ministry of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development to make adequate financial package to support mental health at the respective assemblies across the country.
Dr. Amissah made this known at a joint press launch of the world mental health week celebration in Accra under the theme, “Mental Health in an Unequal World”, organised by the Mental Health Authority and supported by UKaid, Ghana Somubi Dwumadie and the World Health Organisation.
Line up of activities of the weeklong celebration are press launch, youth community volunteer sensitization programme of Covid-19 on mental health, Seminar, Awareness programme at St. Mary Senior High School, Roundtable meeting by FCDO and Media engagement by regional mental health coordinators on radio and television across the country.
The Deputy CEO disclosed that the Covid-19 pandemic have created adverse effective on mental health care delivery and urged government to initiate steps in rolling out policy initiatives to address the gaps in mental health, adding that infrastructure and logistics in the mental health space be enhanced to support the country’s economic growth.
According to her, government must prioritise mental health and explained that the gesture will strengthen poverty reduction as well as improve population health which is geared towards the socio-economic development of the country.
Dr. Amissah however called on institutions to invest also in mental health as part of their corporate social responsibility.
For her part, the Chairperson for the occasion, Mrs. Estella Appiah said the Covid-19 pandemic has brought to bear anxiety and depression among children hence parents must engage their children and access the mental health status, and explained that a UNICEF report has revealed that scores of children are in trauma as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Mental Health Authority was setup by an Act of Parliament, Act 846 of 2012 to regulate mental healthcare in Ghana and mandated to propose, promote and implement policies to improve mental healthcare delivery across the country.