The report shows that the authorities failed to follow the right procurement procedures while procuring the project supervision team as stipulated in the 2014 Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets (PPDA) regulations.
Members of Parliament have started considering the Mental Health Bill, 2014 that seeks to provide for care and treatment for persons with mental illness at primary health centres. The Bill currently before the Health Committee of Parliament chaired by Dr. Micheal Bukenya, also seeks to provide for the admission, treatment and discharge of persons with mental illnesses from health and mental units.
Many patients who seek treatment at the mental health unit at Fort Portal Regional Referral Hospital, dont undergo counselling sessions during and after treatment. Some care-givers are forced to resort to services of professional counsellors whose costs are high.
Drugs that are commonly abused in Uganda include; alcohol, marijuana, and khat (mairungi). While these are locally produced, the report also indicates an increase in the use of hard drugs such as cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines.
The unit is meant to admit 30 patients but currently there are more than 80 patients admitted in the unit. More than six patients are crammed in a private room with only two beds. Some patients were sleeping on the floor, while others share beds.
Butabika National mental referral hospital has opened a private wing to enable relatives be on the side of their patients as they recover. Patients are able to have a self contained room to themselves and can have relatives to support them as opposed to being in the general wards. Patients in the hospitalâ€™s general ward cannot have a relative with them.