Yoweri Idiba, the Assistant Gulu District Health Officer says that the cases shot up during the covid-19 pandemic which forced people to resort to alcohol and drug abuse as well as abandoning treatment during the lockdown.
district has registered 3,484 cases of mental health cases in the last nine
The statistics from the district health department were recorded between July
2021 and March 2022 from the different health facilities.
According to the statistics, Awach Sub County registered the highest number
with 1,045 cases, 615 from Palaro Sub County, and 394 from Paicho Sub County.
The other sub-counties include Omel with 383, Unyama 369, Owoo 213, Patiko 129,
Owalo 118, Bungatira 115, Pukony 103, and Paibona with no cases.
The cases include anxiety disorder (213), bipolar disorder (206), Post
Traumatic Stress Disorder-PTSD (185), Schizophrenia (32), and HIV-related
psychosis (25). Others include alcohol use disorder, anxiety
disorder due to Based Violence-GBV, alcohol Demetria and adult mental
The statistics further indicate that 73% of the cases were in adults aged 20
years and above (55% were female and 18% female), 22% were people aged 10 to 19
years (12% female and 9% male), 3% were children between 5 and 9 years while 2%
were children between 29 days old and four years.
Yoweri Idiba, the Assistant Gulu District Health Officer says that the cases
shot up during the covid-19 pandemic which forced people to resort to alcohol
and drug abuse as well as abandoning treatment during the lockdown.
Dominic Orlando Opep, a youth leader in Gulu wants stakeholders to enhance
guidance and counseling, and support for young people. He also urged
young people to desist from abusing alcohol and other toxic
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In Gulu City, a 30-year-old man identified as Simon Peter Akena on Saturday
committed suicide by hanging himself in his room.
Family members say that the deceased had been battling domestic violence with
his wife who had also quit the marriage.
Denis Obal, an elder brother to the deceased says that Akena left behind a
suicidal note quoting from the book of Ecclesiastes Chapter Four Verses one and
two of the Holy Bible which talks about oppression, toil, and friendlessness
under the sun.