The Greater Accra regional unit of the Ghana Tourism Authority of the (GTA/GAR), as part of its National Chocolate Day celebrations, donated chocolate and other cocoa products to the Accra Psychiatric Hospital children’s ward last week.
National Chocolate Day is a day instituted by the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) in collaboration with Cocoa Processing Company (CPC), Ghana Cocoa Board and Ghana Chef Association some years ago, to create awareness on the need for Ghanaians to patronise cocoa products.
In a short speech before presenting the items, Ghana Tourism Authority Greater Accra Regional Manager, Charles Obeng, expressed enthusiasm for this day and the purpose of their donation to the hospital.
“Today, is a National Chocolate Day, and so we are here to show love to patients here and we are happy to present chocolate and other cocoa products to you. So, on behalf of my team and myself, I present to you this token,” he said. He added that research has proven that cocoa reduces blood pressure and enhances the brain’s performance – hence the reason for choosing the hospital.
On his part, the Deputy Director of Nursing Services at the Accra Psychiatric Hospital, Emmanuel Pappoe, expressed gratitude to GTA for the kind gesture. “On behalf of the hospital management team, the nursing administration and patients, we express our sincere gratitude and we thank you very much; may God richly bless the entire GTA,” Mr. Pappoe ended.
Mr. Pappoe also explained that the hospital is faced with limited resources a situation he said is hindering smooth operations of the facility.
Touching on the main challenge that is confronting the hospital, Mr. Pappoe revealed financial difficulty as a major constraint. “We have about 380 to 390 inpatients of which two-thirds are vagrant because no relatives come to visit; and it’s the NGOs, benevolent people and organisations who normally come to support us,” he lamented.
“Patients who have recovered are left to occupy space because their relatives have either forgotten or abandoned them; so, sometimes we have to fuel our buses if we get some money and go from region to region locate their relatives.”