The Health Minister, Kwaku Agyemang Manu, has revealed that a total of 3.1 million Ghanaians representing 10% of the countries population suffer from one form of mental disorder or another.
According to him, 41% of Ghanaians have psychological distress ranging from mild, moderate or severe. The development Agyemang Manu stated costs the nation about 7% of its GDP.
Responding to a question on the floor of Parliament in the name of MP for Sege, Christian Corletey Otuoteye on plans by the Health Ministry to address the plight of persons with mental health problems, Mr Manu stated that the government has rolled out measures to improve metal health care in the country but the challenge has been funding.
The WHO estimates that 10% of the population of Ghana have one form of mental disorder of the other thus with an estimated 31 million population in Ghana we have an estimated 3.1 million with mental disorder.
”It is also clearly established that 41% of Ghanaians have psychological distress, mild, moderate of severe and this costs the nation 7% of GDP loss.”