BY MUNTALLA INUSAH | firstname.lastname@example.org
President of the Asylum Down Union, Stephen Martey, presenting the items on behalf of the group to Francisca Ntow, PRO of the Accra Psychiatric Hospital
A GROUP calling itself ‘Asylum Down Union’ has, as part of activities lined up to make themselves useful in the area, donated assorted items to the Accra Psychiatric Hospital estimated at GH¢5000.
According to the group, the donation to the mental hospital was to start its intended projects from home (Asylum Down), which are targeted at growing the welfare of its members and needy persons in the area.
Stephen Martey, the president of the union, in an interview with the DAILY HERITAGE after the donation, said there were many of such activities the union had lined up to execute in the coming days.
“When we started this programme, we decided as youth of Asylum Down to try and support each other to grow the community and also to ensure that things that are needed to improve our welfare as youth are provided.
Touching on the choice of the Psychiatric Hospital, he said, “we wanted to start this from home and psychiatric hospital is also our home so we decided to donate to them as the first step of our first project we intend doing this year. There are others we will roll out within the year in question.”
The union, according to the president, has a membership of 55 and it is opened to anybody within Asylum Down area.
Madam Francisca Ntow, the Public Relations Officer of the hospital, after receiving the items, said, “We received it so heartedly because in this house we don’t reject any gift.
“Mental health is supposed to be free in Ghana but unfortunately we don’t have subventions regularly so some of these gestures come in to supplement what we have one way or another.
She, however, expressed gratitude to the union saying, “We are very grateful because it has actually come in handy when you look at the items, especially the drinks. These are things that are not on our daily menu. Some of these things help us a lot.”
She appealed to the general public, corporate organisations, philanthropists and churches to come and support us. We have so many needs and anyone who wants to extend a hand of support, we are ready to welcome them.”
The items included sachets of water, oil, toiletries, bags of rice, drinks, biscuits, tins of Tasty Tom tomatoes.
Source: Ghana/dailyheritage.com.gh/April 25, 2019