According to results released on Tuesday, 39% of the women suffered severe anxiety against 24% males whereas when it came to depression 12.6% were still women and 5% men. This study was meant to assess the extent of integration of mental health services into primary health care, communities and schools in selected districts in the country.
In a new joint statement that the organization has released together with the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR), countries are asked to reform legislation in order to end human rights abuses and increase access to quality mental health care.
Dr. Hafisa Lukwata, the Acting Assistant Commissioner in charge of Mental Health and Control of Substance Abuse in the Ministry, says that they have embarked on training key individuals in the community to offer simple solutions like identifying distressed people and talking to them.
Now speaking to URN, Kirabira has expressed disappointment over the way police handled the case and wondered why then police took the man to court that later remanded him instead of taking him to a mental health facility.
“One of them is a female teacher who goes to class with a very big bag that has many things inside and starts teaching. She doesn’t beat people but when you see the things she does, she looks to be mentally disturbed,” Tibakanya explained.
Freddy Odong, a Psychiatric Nurse and the Project Manager of Suicide Prevention at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital, says the number of persons seeking mental health services has dropped from between 60 to 80 each day to just 9 patients currently.
Patrick Jimmy Okema, the Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson, says preliminary findings show that Akello sneaked out of her house following the altercation with her husband and her body was found hanging on a tree branch with the sheet of her baby tied around her neck.
In his judgment delivered this afternoon, Justice Moses Kazibwe noted that although the defense lawyers tried to convince court that Bagyenda suffered a disease of mind by the time he committed the crime, both prosecution witnesses including Dr. Santos Ojara and Defense witnesses like Dr Brian Mutamba and Sister. Jane Francis Nantamu agreed that depression is not a permanent condition.
Joseph Owona, the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Specialists in Soroti, says he has handled at least three cases of young people with mental disorders resulting from smoking Paspalum. He notes that effects of using smoking Paspalum are more worrying than Marijuana and other substances.
“Babirye didn’t even cry. She simply collapsed on the ground. Her motionless body seemed not to bother Kikobye at all,” he said. Babalanda explains that Kikobye has a history of mental instability, which prompts to do strange things.
The Chief of Defense Forces, Gen. David Muhoozi says that, all retiring army staff from different departments will be notified of when to retire so as to provide them with ample time of preparing for civilian life.
Laben Mwigo, the Welfare and Rehabilitation Officer at Masaka Central Prison says that the facility, built more than 50 years ago, does not have enough space to create an isolation ward or unit for persons with mental health challenges who find themselves on the wrong side of the law.
Mworozi says that when they stormed the church, they found Nakiwala chained on a pole where they were praying for her healing. He says they rescued her and transferred her to Butabika Mental Hospital for mental checkup and treatment
According to UNAIDS, People living with HIV are at a greatly increased risk of developing mental health conditions, often suffering from depression, anxiety, euphoria, hallucinations and psychosis as they adjust to their diagnosis and adapt to living with a chronic infectious disease.
Nakaseke District Chairman Ignatius Koomu says the four cases were referred to Permanent Secretaries in the Ministry of Public Service and the Ministry of Education in 2015. But, the ministries declined to take action arguing that the medical board is required to first pronounce itself on the inability of the staff to perform their duties.