By Elsie Appiah-Osei, GNA
Accra, May 8, GNA - Care and Action for Mental Health in Africa (CAMHA), a non-governmental organization aimed at improving and supporting mental healthcare in Ghana and Africa has been launched in Accra.
CAMHA also aims at providing training in continuous professional development for nurses’, mental health professional and mental health care service users.
Speaking at the launch on Friday at the “Pantang” Psychiatric, Mr Akonnor Fianko, Founder of CAMHA, said the organization in collaboration with the “Pantang”, Accra and “Ankaful” psychiatric hospitals would be working together to promote and support development as well as physical activities in the mental health recovery.
He said physical activities such as football and volley ball could minimize mental health conditions of patients hence CAMHA’s initiative to fuse such activities to keep patients healthy and active.
“Football, volleyball and other sporting activities are needed to keep and maintain patients physically,” he said.
Mr Fianko, who was trained at the “Pantang” Nurses Training College and worked as a staff nurse at “Pantang” Hospital, and now practicing as a Forensic Community Psychiatric Nurse with Oxford Health Nhs Foundation Trust in the United Kingdom (UK), said following what he had learnt in the UK had been motivated to give back to society and also be passionate towards mental patients.
“Our dear patients we love and care for you, you are the reason we care so take active part in this new practice for it to help in your recuperation physically,” he said.
As part of activities making the launch, jerseys, pumps, whistles, footballs and volleyballs were presented to the three Psychiatric Hospitals.
Receiving the items on behalf of the three Psychiatric hospitals, Mr Alex Kissi the Administrator of the “Pantang” Psychiatric Hospital said the items will be put to good use to improve the physical wellbeing of the patients and enhance their recovery.
There was also a curtain raiser football match under the theme, “Together for Mental Wellbeing”, between friends of CAMHA, staff and patients of “Pantang” Psychiatric hospital with the main match being scheduled for October as part of events to mark this year’s Mental Health day.
Annually there would be a football match between the three Psychiatric hospitals.