Scientists suggests ways to help mentally ill in Ghana’s prayer camps

Encouraging local and multinational reform efforts to upgrade conditions for mental health patients in the West African nation.


Many individuals with schizophrenia in Ghana spend their days tied to dividers in supplication camps where they are tended to by profound healers and compelled to quick and implore. Another examination, in view of an association between scientists at the University of Ghana and Yale University, demonstrates that cutting-edge medicines can enhance indications of camp inhabitants.

The discoveries detailed Jan. 10 in the British Journal of Psychiatry will ideally energize neighborhood and multinational change endeavors to redesign conditions for emotional wellness patients in the West African country.

Senior author Robert Rosenheck said, “Once you have strong scientific evidence that human lives can be improved by modern medicine, international criticisms of the current situation will be harder to ignore.”

Collaborating with Angela Ofori-Atta, associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Ghana, Rosenheck studied the use of antipsychotic medication for patients with schizophrenia in Ghana’s prayer camps in the hills above Accra, the nation’s capital.

The side effects of camp inhabitants enhanced as much as those being dealt with in Western facilities, despite the fact that the quantity of days spent in chains was not diminished.

Protection from the change of supplication camps is established in financial aspects and hampered by an absence of prepared suppliers, Rosenheck says. Ghana, a nation of 25 million individuals, is served by just 25 therapists and 30 clinical clinicians.

That agony from insane scenes could allude to adjacent clinics for intense care until they never again should have been bound, Ofori-Atta encouraged.

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