Don’t take mentally challenged people to prayer camps and shrines – Psychiatrist advises

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Dr. Adwoa Peprah Amo Mensah, a medical doctor and psychiatrist at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, KATH, has warned the general public not to entertain those who have mental issues since they might be damaging to everyone in the family as well as the society as a whole.

People who exhibit symptoms of mental illness, in her opinion, should not be transported to prayer camps or shrines for therapy; rather, as soon as they exhibit such symptoms, they should be taken to a psychiatric institution for evaluation and treatment as soon as possible.

“People who exhibit the signs and symptoms of mental problems should not be allowed to remain in the home. They need to get to the hospital immediately. Don’t sit around and wait for them to hurt you; they have the ability to take your life.

“Stop bringing kids to religious sites like shrines and prayer camps since doing so will make their condition much worse.

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“If you observe anything questionable, you should report it. This statement was made by Dr. Amo Peprah on the show Oyerepa Breakfast Time, which is presented by Akua Asieduwaa.

According to the World Health Organization, around 3.1 million Ghanaians, or 10% of the country’s total population of 31 million, suffer from one type of mental condition or another, with 16,000 people having severe instances.

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According to the statistics, 41% of Ghanaians suffer from some kind of psychological distress, whether it mild, moderate, or severe mental disease.

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