Experts in mental health and psycho social issues want services of mental health strengthened in rural areas.
According to the experts, scaling up of mental health services in the rural communities will help the many people who are suffering with the effects from pandemic to access services.
He said that the district during the lockdown experienced a teenage pregnancy upsurge saying that on average, each of the village registered 15 cases of teenage pregnancy.
Pallisa district has over 5oo villages meaning that at least 7500 girls got pregnant between early 2020 and now.
Alfred Okwonga, the Gulu City Mayor says the budget allocation for the Education Department is aimed at expanding and improving school infrastructural facilities like classrooms, staff houses, energy and lighting, as well as water and sanitation among others.
At least 4036 cases of abortions have been recorded in the different health facilities Gulu District over the past 15 months. Gulu Regional Referral Hospital alone received 1317 cases in need of post-abortion care and registered 7 deaths.
Anthony Egesa, the Assistant Chief Administrative Officer-CAO says that they received complaints from the health center in charge on Friday last week, saying it is unfortunate that some community members have turned wild against the medics before their intervention.
Dr. Charles Eyoung, the Psychiatrist Doctor at the Mental Health Unit disclosed to URN in an interview that the Hospital has run out of the essential drugs. These include among others Phenytoin, which controls seizures in patients with epilepsy and Naltrexone that is used in the treatment of post-traumatic disorder and alcohol abuse.