Accra Psychiatric Hospital: Suspects for mental exam abandoned for 30yrs
Information gathered from the corridors of the Accra Psychiatric Hospital indicates that a number of suspects who have been referred for mental examination in the course of their trial for various offences have been abandoned at the hospital for years, with some of them having been there for over 30 years.
Asked how many suspects had suffered such fate, Francisca Ntow, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the hospital, told the daily heritage that, “We wouldn’t be able to give you a definite figure but are quite a good number of patients.
What is worrying is the fact that prosecution officers who are put in charge of these patients fail to come back for them even after the hospital has communicated to them after the findings of their examination on the suspects.
The PRO said, as a result, the management of the hospital had decided they would no longer admit persons referred to the facility from the courts for mental examination unless the prisons or prosecuting officers were ready to bring them from the prisons. Nurses turned guards
She told the paper that some of the suspects who were brought for assessment “find their way out of this hospital and escape because the facilities we have are not safe enough to be keeping such patients”.
Ms. Ntow said, “By rights, we should be having security officers here like elsewhere to arrest such patients when they hurt others; when you go to Korle-Bu sometimes you see police officers or other general hospitals you see police officers manning these patients, but that is not what happens here.
Ms. Ntow said the hospital management would welcome any assistance from the government or the private sector that could help take some of the constraints so the hospital could serve its patients better.
- Government gives Ghc250,000 to Accra Psychiatric Hospital
- Accra Psychiatric Hospital receives donation from Rebecca Akufo-Addo
Credit: Daily heritage