More than 1,000 residents of Kumawu Bodomase and it’s adjoining communities on Friday 15th February 2019 received a free mental health education and health screening to enable them know how to live with the mentally ill and identify their health status to seek early treatment.
The event was organized by the Willing Ways Foundation Ghana, a Christian Non-governmental Organization (NGO), based in Ejisu Kwamo of the Ashanti region in collaboration with the True Faith Church and Health Centre in Kumasi.
The residents were given tutorial on how to live and tolerate drug addicts and the mentally unstable persons in their various homes and communities. They were also screened for blood sugar level, blood pressure, hepatitis, malaria and typhoid.
Speaking in an interview with Otec News, founder and leader of the Willing Ways Foundation Madam Lydia Abena Manu stated that members of the screening and mental education were experienced and seasoned health practioners from the True Faith Health Centre and the Willing Ways Foundation rehabilitation center who had passion for the job and to give back to the society and motherland through such voluntary works.
Madam Abena Manu, a 2018 BBC heroes award nominee said the essence of the exercise was to bring the local people especially the old and aged who were often unable to attend regular medical checks together and offer them the opportunity to know their health status in order to seek early treatment for any ailment affecting them.
It was also to provide mental health counseling and food therapy that would help promote good health and well-being while helping them to identify mental illness and how to deal with mental disease.
Madam Lydia explained that majority of the people do not know their health status especially of blood pressure, diabetes and heart attack and this often had serious consequences on their health hence to help such people.
She again expressed worry about the manner of which mentally ill persons and drug addicts were being handled and treated by most Ghanaians.
According to her, drug addiction and mental health issues and therefore must be treated as a disease.
According to her, getting closer to people with mental and drug addicts to know their problems and help them solve is the best way to help such people reformed.
She commended the chiefs and people of the Kumawu Bodomase traditional council leadership of the market women association for the support in carrying out the event successfully and urged the public to pay attention to mental health and it’s treatment and other health status to enhance community development.
She also urged them to do away with religious beliefs that prevented some of them from seeking health care especially when it comes to mental related ones.
Founder and leader of the True Faith Church Bishop John Owusu Achiaw thanked the leadership and people of the area for the cooperation which ensured the success of the event. He said similar events would be organized in other communities and towns to offer opportunities for the people to know more about their health.
The event forms part of the Willing Ways Foundation Ghana celebration of the February month (love month) with the mentally ill and drug addicts.
The NGO had earlier visited the Amanfrom camp Prisons where they held a party for the inmates.
Source brightwebtv.com/Martin Awuku