The Pantang Hospital is appealing to the public for support to aid it in the effective running of the hospital.

Marking its mental health week celebration with an open day at the hospital, management of the Patang Hospital took the media and traditional rulers of the area on a tour to see the dilapidated state of the hospital.

Speaking to the media, Director for the hospital, Frank Baning, cited inadequate funding and land encroachment as major challenges facing the health facility.

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“Part of the hospital’s land has been encroached by private individuals, which poses serious security threat to the hospital, most of our buildings are in a dilapidated state and roads leading to and within the hospital are bad,” he said.

Mr Baning, revealed that the health facility has reported to the Lands Commission and Ministry of Health on several occasions about its encroachment problem, dilapidated buildings and bad roads, but nothing has been done about it yet.

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In an interview with, Nursing Officer for the Chronic and Vagrant ward of Patang Hospital, Mary Rhondi Asiaw, appealed to philanthropists and other well-meaning Ghanaians to come to the aid of the hospital in taking care of the chronic and vagrant patients at the hospital, as the health facility’s internally generated fund was used to meet their needs.

Something she said is unsustainable.

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According to her, some of the patients have been at the ward since 1975, and urgently need the public’s help in caring for them.

Members of the Chronic and Vagrant ward are mentally challenged individuals picked from the streets and rehabilitated by the hospital itself, an applaudable initiative by the hospital which shows its commitment to fighting mental health issues in the country.

Source: | Dorcas Abedu-Kennedy | Fuaad Dodoo