PRISONS MEDICAL OFFICERS EDUCATE HEALTH WORKERS ON MENTAL HEALTH AND WELL-BEING

PRISONS MEDICAL OFFICERS EDUCATE HEALTH WORKERS ON MENTAL HEALTH AND WELL-BEING

A team of medical officers from the Ghana Prisons Service have educated some health professionals and a section of the public who were present at a two(2) days international conference on Mental Health and Well-being held in Ho, by the Mental Health and Well-being Foundation, Ghana.

The medical team led by Dr. Superintendent (Supt.)Lawrence Kofi Acheampong, the medical superintendent at the Nsawam Medium Security Prison presented papers on Strategic Risk Communication intervention in the management of COVID-19 in the Prisons Service, Detection of commonly abused psychoactive substances among inmates in selected Prisons in Ghana – using forensic hair analysis.

Burnout syndrome among prison officers at the Nsawam prison complex and finally Wellness Recovery Action, a self-help tooling creating humane corrections for Addicts in the prisons service.

The various presentations of topics were handled by Dr.Supt.Lawrencence Kofi Acheampong, Dr.DSP. Florence Djoletoe, DSP. Stephen Osei Kwame and DSP.Godfrey Magnusen.

The theme for the 10th Anniversary International Conference was “10 Years in Retrospect – Redirecting Resources For Contemporary Quality Mental Health Care in Ghana”.

Guest speakers present at the conference included Togbe Tepre Hodo, President of the Volta Regional House of Chiefs and chairman for the conference. H.E. Berenice Owen-Jones, the Australian High Commissioner to Ghana. Dr. Francis Nii Lanteye Acquah,President of the Mental Health and Well-being Foundation, Ghana and Prof. Seth Owusu-Agyei.

The rest were Prof. Frank Baiden. Prof. Lydia Aziato, the vice chancellor of the University of Health and Allied Sciences and Mr. Moses Robertson Anyigba, the chairman for the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association- Volta and Oti regions.

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