The International Central Gospel Church, ICGC gave GHC200,000 to the Mental Health Authority (MHA) to procure and install three electroconvulsive therapy machines (ECT machine) for Ghana’s three psychiatric hospitals at Accra, Pantang and Ankaful.

Earlier deliberations ICGC had with the Mental Health Authority (MHA) showed that an ECT machine, popularly called ‘Miracle Machine,’ was critically needed to save lives in all psychiatric hospitals. Therefore, although the MHA appealed for one ECT machine, the church procured three to ease the burden on facilities.

The gift was presented following the ICGC’s 12km Life Walk 2019 Edition held in support of mental healthcare in Ghana. The walk was also part of activities marking ICGC’s 35th Anniversary.

Founder and General Overseer of ICGC Pastor Mensa Otabil said the quality of mental healthcare delivery in Ghana country was troubling. He noted that public resources allocated to mental healthcare was inadequate to meet the ever-growing needs.

CEO of Mental Health Authority Dr. Akwasi Osei reiterated the neglect of mental healthcare and expressed profound gratitude to the church for the gesture. Dr. Osei explained like unlike other treatable diseases that take a couple of days, mental health conditions call for a prolonged treatment and the ECT machines helps to shorten the duration of treatment remarkably.

Credits: | Zoe Abu-Baidoo