A workshop has been organized by Mission of Hope International with support from Basic Needs Ghana to build the capacity of some selected health Professionals in the Brong-Ahafo Region on Maternal Mental Health.
The workshop which took place at the Pastoral Centre thursday in Sunyani, the Brong-Ahafo Regional Capital was on the Topic ‘Edinburgh Peri-Natal Depression Screening Toolkit.
About Seventy (70) Midwives, Community Health Nurses, Physician Assistants and Medical Assistants drawn from the Sunyani Municipality, Sunyani West, Berekum, Tano North and South Districts benefited from the training which was facilitated by Dr. Ruth Ewuraba Charlotte.
In a welcome address, the Sunyani Municipal Director of Health, Dr. Paulina Appiah underscored the importance of the training and commended MIHOSO International for the initiative which she said would go a long way to educate the public on maternal mental health issues.
She stressed the need for the health Professionals to be equipped with the requisite skills to be able to handle issues associated with maternal Mental Health which is one of public health concerns confronting women of child bearing age.
According to her, women during pregnancy are faced with some health complications such as anxiety and depression if not properly handled, could developed into one form of mental disorder or the other which has a serious health implication on the woman and the unborn baby.
She called for the establishment of a strong support system to address some of these complications associated with pregnancy and child birth in order to reduce the rate of maternal mortality in the Region.
Dr. Appiah encouraged the participants to take the training serious so that they would be equipped with the vital expertise to be able to provide psycho social services to pregnant women with pregnancy related complications.
The CEO of Mission of Hope International , Dr. Gabriel Bernakuu said, Maternal Mental Health is a critical health concern which has been neglected for far too long in terms of financial and technical support.
According to him, his outfit through the support of basic needs Ghana with funding from UKaid is implementing this project aimed at achieving the goal of making Psycho Social services available and accessible to young girls in the Region.
To achieve this goal, MIHOSO had involved Queen Mothers and women Champions with a lot of influence who are used as ambassadors to help in the propagation of maternal mental health issues in the various communities in the Region, he revealed.
According to Dr. Gabriel a lot of financial and technical supports have been made available all geared towards integrating maternal mental health into mainstream health.
On his part, the Deputy Brong-Ahafo Regional Director of Health Services in charge of Clinical Care, Dr. Amo Kodie lauded the effort of MIHOSO towards bringing hope for persons suffering from mental health ailments particularly young girls of child bearing age in the communities.
He urged the health workers to complement the effort of MIHOSO by taking the workshop serious to improve the psycho social service they provide for the public.