A charity organisation made up of a team of Ghanaian volunteers in the United Kingdom (UK), Little Angels Trust, has inaugurated a child recreational centre for inmates of the Accra Psychiatric Hospital.
The non-governmental organisation (NGO) is dedicated to the development and health care of children.
Known as the “Respite Centre”, the centre is expected to help improve the living conditions of the inmates and also enhance socialisation among themselves, through playing, to help in the recovery and healing processes of the inmates.
The project was funded by the Ghanaman Community Reinvestment Grant Trust Fund in collaboration with the St Mark’s Church Kennington Oval London in the United Kingdom.
Handing over the centre to the hospital, the founder of the NGO, Lady Lavinia Enim, said the foundation conceived the idea to assist the hospital some years ago and decided to collaborate with other donors to make the dream a reality.
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Lady Enim indicated that the NGO had previously assisted the Children’s Ward of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital with assorted items and “we are willing to expand our services to other needy organisations.”
She urged authorities at the psychiatric facility to put the centre to good use to allow the children to improve their rate of recovery.
The Director of the Accra Psychiatric Hospital, Dr Pinaman Appau, commended the NGO for the good gesture and called on other benevolent organisations to come to the aid of the hospital to renovate some of its old blocks that posed danger to the lives of the inmates.
She said the hospital, which currently had about 13 children on admission, lacked the needed facilities to keep them entertained.