CLICK TO VIEW ENDTIME FOUNDATION ANKAFUL STORY FOUNDATION FOR ENDTIME REPENTANCE COMMISSIONED IT’S ADOPTED BLOCK AT ANKAFUL PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL The Foundation for Endtime Repentance, a religious Non Governmental Organization has adopted the 12 –Step Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Center of the Ankaful Psychiatric Hospital in the Central Region for sponsorship and care. As part of the sponsorship package, the NGO has renovated the center and provided beds, mattresses, Bibles, Polytanks and assorted hospital equipment estimated at several thousands of Ghana cedis. The organization will also provide assistance to the center and support its effective operation when the need arises. In appreciation for the gesture to the hospital, the 12-Step Rehabilitation center has been named after the founder and president of the NGO, Evangelist Aboagye Forson. In a brief ceremony to officially hand over the renovated center to the hospital, Evangelist Forson said he was deeply touched and burdened by the plight of the vast number of men and women who are perishing without Christ and he was passionately concerned about people and communities who are socially excluded because of poverty, disease and other challenges that affect their dignity and livelihoods. He said the reason for the adoption of the center is to help speed rehabilitation services to people with mental problems as a result of alcohol and drug addiction. According to Evangelist Forson, the gesture is part of an annual routine social responsibility towards deprived communities, institutions and individuals adding that the gesture reflects the objective of the NGO which is service to God, Doing good, showing mercy, rescuing the perishing and caring for the deprived. He called on the government to put measures in place to control the promotion of alcoholic beverages and drugs in the media. Evangelist Forson appealed to other organizations and individuals to come to the aid of the Ankaful Psychiatric Hospital and other psychiatric hospitals in the country to help alleviate the plight of the mentally challenged. He advised the youth to abstain from the use of drugs and alcoholic beverages since that could be dangerous to their future aspirations. He entreated the nurses at the hospital to be patient with the inmates and help them to go through the reformation process. Evangelist Forson asked the authorities to maintain the facilities in good condition, and should not hesitate to call on the foundation for any development with regards to the adopted facility. A clinical Psychologist and the director of the center Dr. Kojo Sagoe said the increase in drug related death and mental population is an indication that the country is losing its human resources to illicit drugs unless deliberate measures are put in place to stem the illicit drug use. According to him tobacco and cigarette use kills five million people every year and one million people die everyday from illicit use of drugs. Dr. Sagoe added that suicide has been found to be the leading cause of deaths among the youth and that he said is due to the influence of drugs. He therefore called on the government and stakeholders to increase their effort at fighting illicit drug use. The Medical Director of the Ankaful Psychiatric Hospital Dr.Armah Arloo said the hospital has not seen any major development since it was established and lauded the gesture by Evangelist Forson and the NGO .He said the gesture is timely and appealed to other institutions to emulate the gesture. In a related story the President of the Foundation for Endtimes Repentance has paid a courtesy call on the Omanhene of the Oguaa traditional area Osabarema Kwesi Atta ll. According to Evangelist Forson, the call forms part of activities marking the annual Crusade and thanksgiving service of the Cape –Coast District of the Church of Pentecost organized by the church in collaboration with the NGO. Nana Kwasi Atta ll commended the role of the church in the development of the country. He also lauded the efforts by the NGO to help the needy in society. The Omanhene decried the notion held by some people that traditional rulers are Idolaters. He said for the country to accelerate its development, the church must collaborate with traditional authorities and the government. Evangelist Forson donated an undisclosed amount of money towards the development projects being undertaken in the traditional area. He also donated a Bible and prayed for the Omanhene.
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