Butabika Mental Referral Hospital has resettled more than 150 former mental patients in a move to decongest the hospital.
Dr. David Basangwa, the Executive Director Butabika Hospital says they started deliberate efforts early this year to reintegrate their former patients into the community.
According to Dr. Basangwa, the hospital faces a challenge of some of the patients who recover and are reluctant to return to home because of stigma.
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Dr. Basangwa says before a person is resettled, the hospital\'s occupational therapy department equips him/her with skills such as carpentry, catering, hairdressing, tailoring, welding, crafts, computer and agriculture to help begin a new life.
The hospital works with partners such as East London National Health Trust who contribute to the training of the patients.
Vivian Gafa, a diploma holder in secretarial studies has spent seven months at the hospital undergoing treatment. This is her second time at the facility in two years.
However, she says that she cannot go home because she is not sure of the reception she will get.
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She adds that the hospital spends more than 225 million Shillings on feeding patients per quarter. Kakooza says that this money is not enough to supply three meals a day to the patients.
She says that the resettlement program will reduce on the number of people the hospital has to accommodate.