Activists ask Parliament to drop electroconvulsive therapy from Mental Health Bill

Stella Nyanzi makes a submission to the committee. PHOTO BY MOSES KYEYUNE

What you need to know:

  • Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a medical treatment for severe mental illness in which a small, carefully controlled amount of electricity is introduced into the brain.
  • In its present state, the "Mental Treatment Act" enacted in 1964 violates human rights of persons with psychological and intellectual disabilities.
  • Dr Nyanzi last year used social media to criticize government failures and referred to President Museveni as "a pair of buttocks".

The Initiative for Social and Economic Rights (ISER), a Non-Government Organisation advocating for “the adoption and use of human rights” healthcare wants Parliament to drop electroconvulsive therapy used on mental health patients.

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