The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Think About Mentally Challenged Person Near You (TAMeC PeNY ), a Non Governmental Organization, Evans Appiah- Kubi has appealed to the government to include the mentally challenged person in the COVID-19 resource distribution.
According to him, persons suffering from mental disorders needed requisite care and stressed the need for government to protect them against COVID-19.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with spotonnews.net yesterday in Accra, Mr Appiah-Kubi noted that least is being done to ensure the safety of those suffering from mental illness.
He explained that people suffering from mental disorders should be included in the society and their safety and well being should be paramount, adding that ” they needed necessary care and attention to prevent them from contracting the virus.”
Mr Appiah-Kubi observed that all the food, sanitisers and money were distributed to the sanity people, while the mentally challenged were sidelined.
He bemoaned that the mentally challenged person could not do what the sane people could do, stressing that government should equally help them in such hard times.
In order to sensitise the public on mental health, Mr Appiah-Kubi urged government and other stakeholders to collaborate and educate the public on good mental health to secure them from getting any mental disorders.
He stated that although the use of cannabis is legalised in the country for industrial use but much education had to be carried on various media to ensure people do not abuse the drug.
Mr Appiah-Kubi indicated that necessary resources should be invested into mental homes for authorities to discharge their duties efficiently and effectively.
He also advised those born on the 4th, 13th, 22nd and 31st day of any month, irrespective of the year of birth to desist from using psychoactive drugs of all kinds.
These individuals, Mr Appiah-Kubi stated were allergic to narcotic drugs, adding that “mental health is a
global challenge and needs support from policymakers, religious groups and others to help those affected.”
He also underscored the need to show love and affection to those suffering from the ailment to boost their recovery process.
BY JOYCELINE NATALLY CUDJOE