A Kumasi based rehabilitation centre known for treating mentally deranged, drug addicts and alcoholism, Willing Ways Foundation Ghana as part of the world mental health day celebration saved middle aged mentally ill nursing mother and her one (1) week baby girl. Ghana joined rest of the world to mark the mental health day on Wednesday 10th October to create awareness of mental illness and how to live with such persons.
The Willing Ways Foundation Ghana as part of their effort to combat drug addiction which contributes a huge number of mental illness observed the day with some of the mentally ill at their centre in Kwamo in Ejisu Juabeng Municipality as well as others on the street to showcase to them that they are still part of human despite their current situation.
Founder and leader of the rehabilitation firm Madam Lydia Abena Manu during her visit to some mental ill patients at various points was able to save a nursing mother and a newly born baby girl who is just a week old. It took the timely intervention of the said nursing mother's family who lived around the area in Offinso and other onlookers to help rescue the little innocent baby.
Speaking in an interview with OTEC fm's Evans Agyei Sikapa after treatment at the hospital for both the mother and the baby, madam Lydia described the situation as a sad one but promised to ensure the well being of the duo. The said mentally ill nursing mother said to have left her home with anger after her family members decided to take the newly born baby girl from the hands of her.
DON'T NEGLECT MENTALLY ILL Madam Abena Manu however used the chance to call on Ghanaians not to push persons with mental deficiencies since that could trigger their anger and harden them to cause trouble. She was of the view government is doing its best by providing drugs and other logistics but left with the society to exhibit some love to such persons to fight the illness. According to her, it will be a waste of time and resources should society turn their backs on such persons in the fight against mental health.