Make Drug De-addiction Centres functional at the earliest: Dy CM

Make Drug De-addiction Centres functional at the earliest: Dy CM

ITANAGAR, Jan 11: Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein has made a strong pitch for making Drug De-addiction Centres (DDCs) in the State functional at the earliest, said an official release.

The Dy CM asserted this while reviewing the status of modernization of DDCs in the State with the senior officers of Health Department today.

Stating that drug addiction is a menace that is spreading like a wild fire all over the State and ruining the society day by day, he stressed that the govt is very serious about the issue and which is one of its top priorities.

He called for dealing with the issue from all angles while opining it requires concerted efforts by the administration, police, narcotic cell and the civil bodies including NGOs.

He stated that the govt has provided Rs 10 crore in the last budget for modernization of the existing drug de-addiction centres in the state including purchase of required medicines and equipments. However, it is seen that some drug de-addiction centres are still non-functional, he said and urged the departments to draw a concrete action plan and make these centres functional at the earliest so that it caters to the needs of the society.

Stressing on the need to facilitate all district hospitals with modern equipments and medical facilities in phase wise funding, Mein asked the officers of the departments to submit requirements to be incorporated in the coming budget.

He informed that Namsai has been declared as the aspiration district of Arunachal Pradesh due to the presence of large numbers of floating population and landless labours in the district. He expressed hope that under the Prime Minister Vision of Transforming India by 2022, the district will witness rapid transformation in some specific parameters especially in education and health sectors.

Parliamentary Secretary for Planning and Investment, Zingnu Namchoom said that Namsai district is one of the worst affected by the drug menace and so in urgent need of a drug de-addiction centre. He also requested the department to make the DDCs in Namsai district functional by placing fund requirement, manpower and equipments as early as possible.

Commissioner Health & Family Welfare Kaling Tayeng informed that due to shortage of trained manpower and specialized doctors in the State, the zonal hospitals and district hospitals could not be fully equipped with required manpower and therefore, the department is not able to spare the manpower for such de-addiction centres.

However, he assured of coming up with a proper plan to run the drug de-addiction centres effectively.

Dr Riken Rina, nodal officer (Drug De-addiction) highlighted the scenario of DDCs in the State while informing that the centres at Pasighat and Tezu are functioning smoothly. He said that the drug de-addiction centres at Namsai, Yupia, Changlang and Khonsa shall also be made functional by March.

Among others, Special secretary H&FW Dr Tapashya Raghav, DHS Dr Moromor Lego and State Programme Officer (Mental Health), Dr H Payee were present.

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