This correspondence from Uganda notes:
'Community mental health care needs to become the primary form of care for patients with psychiatric illness in African countries both during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. With a surge of the pandemic in African countries, the need for isolated spaces and the alternative use of inpatient psychiatric beds for patients with COVID-19 are only expected to rise. An expected increase in the incidence of mental health-related complications will also pose a challenge because of the inadequate space; yet existing patients need ongoing care. Now rather than later, a discussion of community models of care for patients with mental illness need to be expedited.'
CITATION: Correspondence| volume 8, issue 5, p362, may 01, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced the need for community mental health-care models in Uganda
Emmanuel Kiiza Mwesiga, Noeline Nakasujja, Wilson Winstons Muhwezi, Seggane Musisi
Published: March 16, 2021
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