Former Patient rejects High Court Judgement on Butabika Seclusion Case
The Centre for Health, Human Rights and Development says it is going to appeal against the High court decision that dismissed its case, against Butabika Hospital over use of seclusion rooms as part of treating persons suffering from acute mental health related illnesses .
On 15th/March/2018 now newly appointed Court of Appeal Judge Stephen Musota, dismissed the case after the Organisation and the aggrieved Patient Benon Kabale failed to produce evidence against the hospital.
The Judge ruled that Kabale admitted to being mentally ill due to severe bi-polar and was still on treatment, so it is not believable that he could have recalled all that he went through.
In 2015 Center for Health, Human Rights and Development sued Butabika hospital, demanding that Court should direct the abolishment of the said use of seclusion rooms, and also pay damages for violating Kabale’s human rights who claims to have been subjected to cluel, inhumane and degrading treatment as he was seeking treatment at Butabika hospital in 2005 and 2010.
However in his defence to court, the Executive Director Butabika hospital Dr. David Basangwa said the seclusion room is a Standard Psychiatric Interaction, always short term and is used to give time for medication to take effect only to patients that are acutely disturbed.
Now, the Chairperson Board of Directors, Center for Health, Human Rights and Development, Prof. Ben Tunomugisha says they are dissatisfied with the entire judgement, and are going to Challenge it in the Court of Appeal.
He says the High court cannot declare the practice of torturing mental health Patients, for hours in secluded rooms at Butabika National Referral Hospital, a legal practice.