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16.04.2007 General News

Harvest Chapel Int. shows love to mental hospital

By myjoyonline

Daughters of Zion (DOZ) Women's fellowship Ministry of the Harvest Chapel International on Sunday presented items worth about ten million cedis to the inmates of the Accra Psychiatric Hospital.

The items included used clothing, disinfectants, sanitary pads, fruits and beverages, bags of rice, beans, gari, sugar and loaves of bread.

Presenting the items, Mrs. Thelma Odonkor, President of DOZ said the presentation was part of their annual week celebration dubbed: "Women! Arise and Shine".

"As Christian women we believe that we have a responsibility towards humanity as Jesus' life on earth depicted," she added.

She said as Christians, they have been called to a life of compassion not just for the lost but also for the poor and needy in society.

"We the Daughters of Zion Ministry deem this donation to the hospital as a social responsibility and an opportunity to fulfill this purpose of God."

Mrs. Odonkor said all efforts must be made to do away with the tendencies of isolating cured discharged mental patients but help orientate them back into normal life.

She advised persons going through difficulties to seek early counselling, discuss with trusted men of God and others that they can trust to forestall the possibility of a deterioration of the situation and their eventual admission to the hospital.

“We also take this opportunity to entreat the general public to support this hospital in every way possible in this good but challenging work that they are engaged in," she stressed.

Mrs. Ethel Lartey, Deputy Director of Nursing Service in-Charge of the hospital in receiving the items said the outfit faces more pressing situations such as inadequate facilities and as such was glad when DOZ came to their aid in donating items to the 1200 inmates of the hospital.

"We are very grateful for your kind donation and we promise to distribute the items to all the 24 wards in the hospital," she said.

She noted that it was unfortunate that relatives of the inmates neglected them saying, "their frequent visit and love can speed up their recovery."

She therefore appealed to the general public to come to the aid of the hospital in every possible way.