Rescue Psychiatric Hospital To Clear Drugs From The Port

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–Dr. Akwasi Osei Appeals

The Chief Psychiatrist at the Psychiatric Hospital in Accra, Dr. Akwasi Osei, has appealed to Ministry of Health and Ministry of Transport to intervene in order to clear a large consignment of various mental health medicines, donated by the Breast Care International (BCI) and Peace and Love Hospitals, at the Airport.

The drugs include; Topiramate. Resperidone among others with various dosages, were to be distributed to needy patients who are being treated at various Psychiatric Hospitals in the country free of charge.

Dr. Akwasi Osei, lamented that the drugs which arrived in the country in January, officials at the port were demanding a rent fee of GH¢20,000, from the Psychiatric Hospital, which prevented it from clearing the drugs from the port on time for their intended purpose.

Speaking to the media, the Chief Psychiatrist said, though his outfit duly completed clearing formalities at the port, authorities still demanding that he paid GH¢20,000 as rent fee at the warehouse an amount the facility could not afford, with explanation that the drugs were for charitable work fell on deaf ears.

Dr. Akwasi Osei, disclosed that last year 40 per cent of the drugs consumed by the Psychiatric Hospitals were donated by the Breast Care International (BCI) Ghana, and the Peace and Love Hospitals.

He said in the area of drugs, BCI was the largest group of donors who help to get quality mental health care in the country.
The Chief Psychiatrist, who was very much appreciated, appealed to Ministry of Health and Ministry of Transport to intervene in order for the drugs not to expire at the port.

Dr. (Mrs.) Beatrice Wiafe Addai, the President of BCI and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) , of the Peace and Love Hospitals in Accra and Kumasi, said in July 2009, the two organizations, the Breast Care International (BCI) and National Cancer Coalition (NCC) of Raleigh, USA, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), and later joined by the Americares, Food for the Poor and Kresbsalliarz GMBH, to provide medicines and other resources from the USA and Europe to assist Ghanaian health facilities both public and private in the fight against cancer and other diseases, including hemophilia, mental illness and heart diseases, as adjunction therapies for poor patients in the country.

The donation this year, is the 12th since the organizations signed the MOU, and has so far donated medical goods worth over USD50Million (Fifty Million US Dollars).

She assured that BCI and NCC among others would work closely to ensure that thousands of Ghanaians patients benefit from their largesse and donation.
Dr. Beatrice Wiafe said the donation would make it easier for majority of mental and other patients to access medical treatment, and appealed to beneficiary health facility especially the Doctors and Pharmacists to use the drugs to treat patients free of charge.

She said they are not meant for sale because the donors would monitor the donations from outside, they have seen us that we are credible.
She urged the beneficiaries to keep proper records of the drugs received and administer them to needy patients free of charge to ensure the trust reposed in Ghana and also to enable BCI to report to the donors.

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