Butabika hospital decries shortage of psychiatrists

Monday September 16 2013

By FARAHANI MUKISA

Kampala

The acting director of Butabika Hospital has said the facility has insufficient manpower required to attend to the increasing cases of mental illnesses reported on a daily basis.

Dr David Basangwa, speaking at rewarding ceremony for peer support trainees recently, said the hospital currently has six psychiatrists compared to the ideal more than 10 psychiatry specialists required.

“You can’t believe 10 years ago, Butabika had 10 psychiatrists. Now, 10 years later, when we should be doubling that number, instead the number has decreased to six psychiatrists,” Dr Basangwa said.

“We are operating on a skeleton manpower, nurses are few, the psychiatry clinical officers are fewer compared to the number of patients the hospital receives,” he said at a function to mark the end of a two-year training project for mental patients supportive groups.

Dr Basangwa noted that the hospital ideally requires a revamp in manpower to offer sufficient services to the public since mental disorder stands at 30 per cent in the country.

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