The Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Hajia Alima Mahama has renovated the Female Infirmary Ward of the Accra Psychiatric Hospital.
With close to GH¢20,000 from the Minister’s personal savings, she fixed broken and hanging ceilings at the ward, corrected some plumbing works and renovated the washrooms, replaced old louvres with new ones, and changed window frames and nets.
She also replaced rusty and difunctional fans with new ones, and also facilitated the interior and exterior painting of the entire ward.
Speaking at a brief ceremony at the hospital to hand over the finished work to management, Hajia Alima disclosed that, she was saddened at what she saw in a report aired by an Accra-based television station, on the deplorable state of the facility, hence her decision to refurbish the unit to commemorate her 60th birthday which fell on the 17th of November.
The minister, who was joined by some staff from her ministry, nurses, and female inmates to make merry to mark her birthday, emphasised that she felt fulfilled for rendering support to the hospital.
She also appealed to other people and corporate bodies to take up such initiatives.
In an interview with the hospital’s Deputy Director of Nursing Services, Beatrice Nyarko, she recounted the depressing state of the ward which is supposed to cater for the physical well-being of mental health patients.
She thanked the minister for her kind gesture, adding: “This will bring a lot of comfort for us nurses and the patients, and it will motivate us to deliver effectively, as the environment has become a lot more conducive.”