The Wa Municipal Mental Health Unit recorded 48 Epilepsy and seizure related cases in the first half of the year 2017.
Out of the 48 cases reported 21 cases were new cases reported to the unit whiles 27 of the cases were people with the condition who visited the unit to continue to seek medical care for their condition.
The Unit also recorded 15 schizophrenia cases and six depression cases in the first half of the year.
The WA Municipal Coordinator for Mental Health Mr. Basagnia Sylvester made this known as part of their half year reports.
He said though suicide cases were on the increase in the beginning of the year in the country, the municipality however recorded one case at Fongu and one attempted suicide case at the Wa Campus of the University for Development Studies.
Mr. Basagnia stated most of the suicide cases were as a result of depression and so the unit educated people to curb the trend.
On the issue of the epilepsy and seizures related cases he said people who like abusing alcohol were at risk of developing seizures.
Basagnia Sylvester touching on the achievement of the unit said from the beginning of the year the unit has integrated durbars in some communities in the municipality to sensitize people on mental health issues.
He also stated that they collaborated with Barhass foundation to bath and cloth some mentally ill persons in the municipality.
Mr. Basagnia Sylvester however expressed worry over lack of funding for mental health issues in the Wa municipality.
He appealed for motorbikes to enable mental health officers carryout outreach services in communities.
By: Okyere Esabah Mavis