MENTAL DISORDER AMONG CHILDREN ON THE RISE

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SOURCE: Abena Asantewa

Data available from the two main psychiatric hospitals in the country, the pantang and Accra psychiatric hospitals, indicate that there is an increase in the number of children reporting to hospitals with mental health challenges.
The trend is raising concern among stakeholders in the mental health delivery system who have called on the government to invest more in the mental health delivery.
At the workshop to discuss disability and mental health in children in Accra last Thursday, an occupational therapist at pantang hospital in Accra, Ms. Ann Sena
Fordie, called on the government to help improve mental healthcare delivery by supporting it with more human and infrastructural resources. She said, such investments were critical since most public mental health service facilities were in deplorable state .