By Ronald Kabuye
Ministry of health has revealed an increment of 9% in prevalence of mental health disorder since 2008 to 2018 with most cases being of bipolar including depression and anxiety.
This has been revealed by the head of mental health in the ministry of health Hafisa Lukwata during the commemoration of mental health day held under the theme “young people and mental health in the changing world” at Kyambogo university.
She said the increment has been identified with the help of health management information system which has records of the patients that visit hospital however there is no survey that shows the magnitude of mental health beyond those that visit hospital.
She added that when eclipse is included the increment comes to 12%.
further more Dr. Lukwata applauded parliament for passing the mental health act which now awaits to be assented to by president Museveni
It should be noted that In Africa, Uganda is ranked sixth amongst the most countries burdened with mental health disorder hence a call for everyone to prioritize the problem.
The dean of students of Kyambogo University Mildred Tebananuuka said the most cause of mental health in university is drug abuse and anxiety amongst the students attributing it to the surrounding slums and the much freedom that is accorded to them.
She also appealed to government to create a regional referral mental health hospital to relieve Butabika national referral the burden and make treatment accessible to the ordinary Ugandan away from the small mental health units in government hospitals which cannot handle bigger cases.
Some of the causes of mental disorders include anxiety, drug abuse, depression, domestic violence, unemployment, poverty, sexual abuse among others however its sometimes its inherited.