Community Mental Health Nurses have been warned to abstain from pursuing academic studies to the disadvantage of their patients and communities.
Deputy Director for Community Mental Health Care at the Mental Health Authority (MHA), Mrs. Priscilla Tawiah gave the caution at the closing of a one day annual performance review of Mental Health Services in the Greater Accra Region, which took place in Accra on Thursday.
Mrs. Tawiah hinted that some nurses have made it a practice to choose working in the community with a hidden agenda of seeking academic laurels whilst neglecting their responsibilities.
“Do not use your choice to work in the community to seek the degrees to the detriment of your patients and the communities you work in” she said.
Mrs Priscilla Tawiah, who was enthused by efforts of the group in their communities, encouraged them to as part of their mandate, lobby with the necessary individuals, groups or organizations to enable them expand their activities. He reminded them about the need to sensitize their patients and communities about the new Mental Health Act which was passed in 2012.
The event, which was the first of its kind for the region, brought together Community mental health officers and nurses representing over 20 districts to share insights into activities; community interventions,service provision and challenges facing mental health service delivery in the region.
The Greater Accra Regional Coordinator for Mental Health, Mr. Etornam Gblende, told Ghanahealthnest.com that the review was to focus on best practices ongoing to establish feasible strategies to improve basic mental health care delivery in the region.
He added that, the region is working assiduously to enhance access to quality mental health care by improving its community based initiatives. He called on all professionals to look beyond any pending challenges and collaborate forces to help achieve this aim to better the mental health of all.
Kobby Blay is the chief health editor at Ghanahealthnest.com. A professional practicing nurse with specialty in mental health and focus for health communications, public health, medical/documentary photography, ICT and systems perspective for health improvement.