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Seek Medical Treatment Before Prayers – Public advised

Mr. Enoch Oteng Boateng, a Mental Health practitioner at the Koforidua Central Hospital has urged the public to seek medical attention before hunting for spiritual healing.

October 11, 2018

As Ghana joins the World to Celebrate “International Mental Health Day,” Mr. Enoch Oteng Boateng, a Mental Health practitioner at the Koforidua Central Hospital has urged the public to seek medical attention before hunting for spiritual healing.

According to him, treatment of mental disorder becomes problematic when held in reserve at home for long.

“Patients of mental disorder should come to hospital first before going to prayers. Sometimes, most cases need counseling as early as possible but they will be going to prayers after prayers and when they see that the sickness is aggravating, they will then bring them to hospital…by then the sickness will be very serious and if care is not taking, it will get out of hands,” he pointed out.

Marking the day with the theme ‘Young People and Mental Health in a Changing world,’ Mr. Oteng stressed that about 85% of mental illness cases which are recorded annually at the Central hospital is normally based on drug abuse.

He continued that for the past three years now, the populations of youth suffering from mental disorders keep on increasing.

“Always the trends of mental illness have been increasing. Comparing the past 3 years now the average has raised mainly those with substance abuse… especially the youth,” he said.

Mr. Oteng advised that anybody who experiences strange feelings in his thinking ability should seek the attention of mental health practitioner before it generates to madness and also stay away from drugs which mostly affect the immune system.

Source: Derrick Sikaba

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