Saying that ECT causes irreversible damage in patients, advocacy group Human Rights Watch protested its use in psychiatric hospitals in Ghana. The public-interest group’s latest report, “Like a Death Sentence,” describes what it says are grim conditions in the country’s psychiatric hospitals. The report asserts that ECT has been banned in many countries due to the memory loss, trauma and other effects associated with it.
Of further interest:
Group: Ghana mentally ill chained up for months (AP)
Note from Kermit Cole, “In the News” editor:
Interesting to reflect on the fact that the Ghanaian article on which this news item is based focuses on the use of ECT as the deplorable condition Ghanaians face, while the Huffington Post article on the same subject (Ghana Mental Hospital Patients Abused, Says Human Rights Watch) focuses its outrage on physical abuse and sanitary conditions, with ECT noted only as an issue of consent.