A concerned citizen, who doubles as a Senior Registered Mental Nurse, Bismark Kwabla Kpobi, has in an open letter to the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Ministry of Health, National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) among others, admonished that, they invest in the Mental Health Authority to enable them provide psychological counselling and treatment to the affected but surviving victims.
“Just a few days ago, there was shock and mourning across the country due to the unfortunate, but preventable disaster of explosions that happened when proper transporting protocols were not followed in transporting those mining explosives.
Per the available records or evidences, tens of people died and many severely injured and still receiving treatment at the various hospitals.
The Ghana Police Service and NADMO reports stated that the APPIATSE BOGOSO Community in the Western Regional part of Ghana had been destroyed beyond human habitations.
Per the aforementioned reports, it will be wise and timely for MENTAL HEALTH Authority to be empowered financially and logistically to mobilise personnel to help provide psychological counselling and treatment to the affected but surviving victims and surrounding communities who will be living in the state of fear and anxiety” he stated
The letter further indicated that, the extent of the disaster will surely leave a long term Mental Effect on the victims since lives and properties were permanently lost.
Bismark Kwabla Kpobi, in his letter suggested that, an early mental health care and treatment could be the best solution and that can’t happen if the Mental Health Authority is not empowered.
“The extent of the DISASTER will surely leave long term MENTAL EFFECTS on the victims since lives and properties were permanently lost , those who will be affected anatomically can’t fend for themselves either, like they used to do and that will be the beginning of their state of living the Traumatic event .
In order to minimise the effect of the traumatic experience, it is best Mental Health care and treatment is given early enough ,and this can’t happen without empowerment of the Mental Health Authority” he further stipulated.