The International Central Gospel Church (ICGC) donated 105,000 pieces of N95 nose masks worth GH¢150,000 to the Ghana Mental Health Authority to be distributed to mental health institutions across Ghana.

The General overseer of ICGC Pastor Mensa Otabil said the assistance was part of efforts by the church to protect patients, doctors, healthcare workers and administrators from the risk of infection of the COVID-19 virus and help stem its spread.

Mental health is a big issue in Ghana… We all know somebody who has had to deal with issues of mental health at one point in time or the other in their lives, and it’s not easy.

Pastor Mensa Otabil, General Overseer of ICGC

Pastor Otabil said because mental health patients tend to be vulnerable members of our population who often cannot fend for themselves, it was important to support them especially in times of a pandemic. Pastor Otabil thanked everyone who gave generously to support the effort.

CEO of Ghana’s Mental Health Authority Dr. Akwasi Osei received the package of N95 nose masks and was grateful to ICGC for the kind support. Dr. Osei said the masks would be of great use to mental care institutions, considering that positive cases of COVID-19 had been recorded in some mental healthcare facilities.

This gazetted support from ICGC is the second following an earlier one in 2019 in which ICGC gave the Mental Health Authority GHC200,000 following the Church’s annual Generational Life Walk. The walk was held to raise funds to cover the full cost of purchasing, setup and installation of 3 electro-convulsive machines for the Accra, Pantang and Ankaful Psychiatric Hospitals.

Generational Life Walk – Annual ICGC Tradition

Members of the ICGC hold a Generational Life Walk Activity every year and often end the walk with a donation to the Ghana Mental Health Authority (MHA). The walk would traditionally begin from the Independence Square in Accra and cover a distance of 12km. However, the 2020 edition was called off because of the pandemic. The 2021 edition was modified. Members were encouraged to undertake walks in their own neighborhoods after which a virtual gathering was held for the donation to the Mental Health Authority.