Covid-19: How the lockdown affected mental health services

An ambulance transports a patient into Butabika Hospital in June 2020. Many mental health patients were not able to access treatment during the lockdown. PHOTO | GILLIAN NANTUME

What you need to know:

  • Of course, the long-term effect of mental health patients not accessing medication or taking wrong medicine is that the symptoms of the illness return and a patient may have to restart treatment at another level.

On July 2, Hussein Walugembe came to the end of his life’s journey. On the fateful day, the 20-year-old entered Masaka Central Police Station in Masaka City, which is 130km from Kampala City and doused himself with petrol he had carried in a small jerry can, before setting himself on fire.
Walugembe was protesting the seizure of his motorcycle, a Bajaj Boxer.

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