The newly chartered Rotary Club of Accra Morning Tide donated COVID-19 prevention supplies worth GHS5,000 to Pantang Hospital in Ga East Municipal District of Greater Accra Region. Charter President of Rotary Club of Accra Morning Tide Mrs. Clara Pinkrah-Sam said the donation was part of the club’s humanitarian mission to positively impact lives.

Mrs. Pinkrah-Sam said the club assessed the poor state of the Occupational Therapy Department of the Hospital and adopted it as a priority project. She announced that the club would honor its pledge to rehabilitate the facility and would be fundraising and creating partnerships with other organizations and stakeholders. Bricklane Development Group, an Architectural firm in Adenta, has partnered with the club and is currently undertaking a valuation.

Mrs. Ann Sena Fordie, Clinical Head in charge of the Occupational Therapy Department of Pantang Hospital, welcomed the initiative of the club and appealed to other benevolent organisations to support mental health institutions in Ghana to boost boost patient recovery and reintegration into society.

Officially opened in 1975, Pantang Hospital was originally planned by Ghana’s first president, Kwame Nkrumah, to become a Pan-African Health Village for research into neuropsychiatric conditions. About 10% of Ghana’s population are believed to have varying degrees of mental illness. The lack of state funding to improve mental healthcare facilities is believed to be one of the main reasons patients seek help from informal health services, mostly faith-based practitioners, who lack the professional expertise to handle patients.