Health experts, researchers and academicians are demanding for immediate regulation on drugs, alcohol and other substance abuse that has rocked society and schools causing mental disorders.
They argue that current laws are weak to address substance abuse in the country.
“We are perturbed by increased rate of mental health disorders on society and rampant drugs and substance abuse by the youth. We therefore call upon legislators to put these in order to address this problem,”Dr. Sebastian Ssempijja said on behalf other experts at the closing of the 5th East African Conference on promoting psychological principles to improve mental health addiction care and community resilience at Nabinooya Beach Hotel.
The conference attracted over 100 researchers, health experts and academicians from Kenya, Tanzania, United States of America, South Sudan and Uganda.
Health experts said drug abuse has become rampant in Africa
Health experts said mental disorder has become a big problem in the Africa for a long time however the university is working on various partnerships to conduct mental health research and advocacy in the region.
Former Vice President Prof. Gilbert Bukenya says there is need for urgent action on increased alcohol and substance abuse if the country is to address violence in society saying the level of drug and alcohol use has inflicted society at alarming rate.
“It’s pathetic that even in universal primary education schools children are stressed because of intake of drugs,”he said.
Dr. Hasfa Lukwata Principal Medical Officer Ministry of Health said government is working on establishing mental health advisory board that will oversee mental health treatment and monitoring of all rehabilitation centres in the country.
She said the president assented to the amended mental health act of 1964 however this has to be taken back to cabinet for approval to be implemented.
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