As part of the aims of Ghana Health Service mainstreaming Mental Health into the primary health care,the Central Regional Health Directorate under the leadership of Dr. Alexis Nang-Beifubah in collaboration with the Mental Health Authority has began a training sessions for all community Psychiatric Nurses within the region which began on 2nd-4th May, 2018 with health personnels from KEEA, CAPE COAST METRO, TWIFO HEMANG LOWER DENKYIRA and TWIFO ATI-MOKWAH Districts.
Speaking to the Central Region Mental Health Coordinator, Ms. Edem Tamakloe, she made known to the media the purpose of the workshop.
“We are organizing this training to build the capacity of the mental health personnels within the region to understand community mental health activities,indicators,Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) and data management to promote Primary mental health care.”
“Due to the number of Community Psychiatric Nurses we have in the region,the training has been splitted into seven (7) Zones and each Zone has been given specific dates to carry out the 3days training”…. She added.
In an interview with Mr.Richmond Yeboah, a participant, he expressed how educative the training has been for them.
“This workshop has been very educative.
It has given us the participants a deeper understanding which is based on principles and this knowledge will encourage us to provide informed and effective mental health services to our various communities. “
“We will encourage the Directorate to keep on giving us such training to equip us in our field of work”…..he added.
The workshop for the first zone successfully took place at the conference hall of Ankaful Psychiatric Hospital in the KEEA District on the theme, “Promoting Primary Mental Health Care”.
Below are some images from the workshop.
Story by: Abena Tina