DRUGS worth sh380m have been donated to people suffering from mental illnesses. The drugs will be distributed in the districts of Kampala, Sembabule, Budaka, Mukono, Bushenyi and Mbarara, where a project to treat those suffering from the disease is being piloted.
The donation from CORDAID, a Netherlands-based non-governmental organisation, was received by the Mental Health Uganda, a local NGO.
Mental Health Uganda development officer, Godfrey Lukwago, said many patients relapse due to lack of drugs.
He was handing over the first batch of the drugs to the Mental Health Clinic Kamwokya in Kampala.
â€œ40% of psychiatric drugs are not distributed by the Government, yet they are expensive in private pharmacies,â€ he said on Tuesday.
Lukwago attributed the lack of drugs to the failure of district medical officers to demand for them, adding that the organisation had started training health workers in mental health.
â€œWe want the patients to be identified and given the necessary attention,â€ he said.
The director of the Kamwokya Christian Caring Community, Francis Mbaziira, received the drugs.
The donation will run for three years.
Mental health patients get drugs