Management of Toyota Ghana Company Ghana Limited has refurbished and handed over some facilities at the Female Ward two (2) to management of the Accra Psychiatric Hospital.
The facelift of the Ward is part of the Company’s 20th Anniversary celebration this year.
Mr Takuya Kajiura, Managing Director Toyota Ghana Company Limited, handing over the Ward to management of the Hospital said as a corporate entity, their support to the growth of Ghana’s economy since the inception in 1998 has been very phenomenal.
He said the project had converted a single patient occupancy into a set up capable of accommodating two patients at a time and it has provided nurses with the secluded area of facilities that necessitates confidentiality on patient documentation.
“We believe this facelift will go a long way to improve the healthcare rendered to patient,” he added.
He said aside their normal operations of selling and service brand new Toyota vehicles, “we have also taken on the humble duty of contributing to the socio-economic development of the communities we operate within”.
He said research indicated that the area of mental health was gradually becoming a neglected sector because of limited financial resource allocation and this situation has given rise to reduction in trained professionals in the field.
He said in view of the above condition, management of Toyota Ghana considered it worthy to support this facelift project when they were approached.
“Toyota Ghana is 20 years this year and to celebrate this achievement we have decided to conduct some humanitarian activities in the area of healthcare,” Mr Kajiura said.
He said Toyota Ghana has expanded its network from one branch to a network business operation branches currently and the root of their philosophy has always been committed to customer satisfaction with continuous improvement.
Dr Ama Boadu, the Medical Director of Accra Psychiatric Hospital, expressed gratitude to management of Toyota Ghana for their support.
She said the Hospital built in 1904 has seen no major renovation thereby leaving it in a dilapidated state, but for the benevolence of some philanthropic individuals and institutions, that from time to time came to their aid to help solve some of the numerous problems.
She said, “I will like to remind ourselves that a nation’s development has a relationship with the health of its populace, there certainly cannot be total health without mental health.”
Dr Boadu called on all well-meaning individuals, especially Ghanaian institutions and government to rethink and change their attitude positively towards mental health issues in the country, if “we indeed intend to be developed as a nation.”
The Medical Director said whether Ghanaians appreciate it or not, one out of four individuals has one form of mental or neurological disorder and one out of five persons would suffer same in his or her lifetime.