TSEMINYU: Nagaland observed International Day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking on Sunday under the theme “think health-not drugs” at Tseminyu town hall, Tseminyu. Representatives from Rengma hoho, Rengma GBs, women organization, church and civil societies attended the day long programme that focused on important issues pertaining to drug abuse in the state.
Parliamentary secretary, Horticulture, R. Khing who graced the programme, called upon the gathering to work together to eradicate drug abuse from the society. He urged them to propagate whatever they learn from the programme to their community, village and church.
While maintaining that there were two drop-in-centres and over 1000 registered drug users in the Rengma community itself, Khing appealed to organizations to give more attention to Rengma community and proposed for establishment of a rehab centre in Rengma area.
Giving a presentation on drug abuse scenario in Nagaland and its impact, Abou Mere, director of Kripa Foundation, said there were 9 treatment centres in Nagaland, only five being sponsored by the central government. He also informed that there were only two detoxification centres running in Kohima and Dimapur, and highlighted the need to set up such centres in all districts of the state.
In this regard, Mere urged DAN government for the rights of drug users to be met so that the issue of drug abuse is curbed. He added that funds benefited till date were from the central government and none from the state government, and therefore urged the ruling DAN government to allocate some funds for drug abuse prevention and treatment during the assembly meeting.
Deputy director, IEC NSACS, Ayieno Kechü, while speaking on harm reduction-Targeted Intervention (TI) project in response to drug abuse and HIV, said that there were altogether 53 TIs in Nagaland functioning under NSACS and Project Orchid. She stated that the aims of TIs are to provide comprehensive packs for safer behaviour among Injecting Drug Users, reduce risk of HIV transmission. Some TI services for IDUs include TI drop on centres, behaviour change communication, condom promotion, Opioid Substitution Therapy centres, STI treatment, recreation.
Sharing his experiences as a recovered drug user, Gwabinlo Seb from Nagaland Users Network said that peer pressure and easy accessibility of drugs were reasons that led him into drugs.
Highlighting on drug de-addiction and rehabilitation programme under Social Welfare department, Anthony from social welfare department stated that HIV topic and prevention of drug abuse were subjects taken up during Anganwadi trainings. There are 3465 Anganwadi centres in Nagaland located in every village. In addition, Anthony also mentioned that grants-in-aid were given to NGOs working for AIDS and other related issues
Speaking on the role of civil society in addressing drug abuse prevention, Khriebu Nakhro, president of Network of Naga Drug Users and AIDS Organization, said that unless there is commitment and ownership to carry challenging task, no work on drug abuse prevention would be carried out well. The programme was organized by Rengma Village Council Chairmen Forum, Rengma Students’ Union and Nagaland Users Network and supported by Nagaland State AIDS Control Society. (Correspondent)
TUENSANG: ‘International Day Against Drug Abuse & Illicit Trafficking’ on the theme ‘Think health, not drug’ was organized by Integrated Development Society Tuensang on Sunday at Hotel Traveller’s Inn, Tuensang.
Speaking at the occasion, Hanjila UBSI Tuensang emphasized on the importance of preventing drug abuse and illicit trafficking in the society and urged the people to fight the war against drugs among other social menaces.
The main root cause of spreading drug abuse and illicit trafficking was lack of education, advance technology and separation of parents etc., she said and disclosed that it affects mostly the young populace.
In this regard she called upon organizations, law enforcing agencies, administrations and public to join hands to bring about a positive change in the society.
Chairman crisis management team IDS, M. Somba DB urged the gathering to fight the menace of drug abuse and illicit trafficking in the society. Earlier, the programme was chaired by Sentisangla, while invocation was pronounced by Pastor Yangthan, member crisis management team IDS.
Welcome address was delivered by director IDS James. Thapli shared his past experience as an addict, while Alem and friends presented a special number. Around 150 were attended at the programme. (Correspondent)
MON:Mon Forum for AIDS and Drugs (MFAD) observed ‘International Day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking’ at DC’s Conference Hall, Mon with the sponsorship of World Vision, Mon-ADP.
Hiazu Meru, SDO (C) Sadar, in his speech expressed sympathy with members of MUN and concord with their needs i.e. Drug Treatment Center and suggested the Forum to seek help or inquire with the authority in-charge. He also advised MFAD to take up the issue and submit their representation at DPDB meet.
On illicit drugs trafficking, he admitted negligence on the part of the district administration and the concerned department, due to which there were inflow of opium and other drug substances, into the district.
Nevertheless, he urged NGOs’ to continue to lend support to district administration and department in tackling the situation. He also requested the students’ community to come forward to stop the negative culture or practices like use of opium.
Significance of the day was highlighted by Pangmei of Walo organization. Chongying from Turning Point Organization presented the scenario of the district while Nyemkang and Sashimeren spoke on behalf of Mon Users’ Network (MUN), during which they revealed the life of an addict, the misery they face and expressed needs of treatment center in the district. The formal programme was followed by a panel discussion where a number of agendas were adopted. (Correspondent)
PEREN: In Peren the programme was organised by DEF Peren, and chaired by Mhonyamo Tsopoe SDPO DEF Peren. Chief medical officer Peren Dr B. Yanger Ao spoke on the significance of the day.
He emphasized mainly on police personnel, youth, stakeholders on how to take preventive measures against drug abuse and illicit trafficking and to care for the abusers and to seek proper treatment.
District AIDS Prevention and Control Unit (DAPCU) Peren distributed brochures, pamphlets reading materials and condoms. Around 150 individuals attended the programme from various sections consisting of police officers, police jawans, school students, college students, youth organisation, public leaders, GBs. Earlier, the programme started with an invocation by Dr. Hiazuheing pastor police baptist church.The keynote address was delivered by Iherie Ndang superintendent of Police Peren.
WOKHA: In Wokha, the programme was organized by Merciful group Wokha, 365x6 Facilitating Communities Without Borders Dimapur and Centre for youth and social action Wokha at Lotha tribal council hall Wokha with a theme “Think health -not drugs”. Mhonchan Tungoe, former Secretary General Lotha Hoho Phek district was the theme speaker at the inaugural function.
Speaking at the occasion, Mhonchan said epidemic of substance abuse in young generation assumed alarming dimension across the world and the problem related to drug use were of great concern for the family and society.
Substance abuse leads to a detrimental impact on society like crime rate, robbery, killings, clashes, conflicts etc., and drug users are mostly at the age of 18-35years are vulnerable to HIV and AIDS, TB with a world total infected of 33.3 million people living with drugs abuse related HIV, Mhonchan said.
Resource person included were Abino, Nagaland state coordinator 365x6 Dimapur, Robin Ezung, president centre for youth and youth action.Meanwhile the program was attended from different sectional society like NGO’s, Public leaders, Ward president, social workers, WVSU, WVYO, administration, students etc.
RAN: International Day against drugs abuse and illicit trafficking was also observed by RAN at RAN SA-19 Naga Shopping Arcade. General secretary RAN Temjen Yaden welcomed the gathering and the invocation was pronounced by Khekiho. Wati (project orchid) shared his view on the significance of the day and called upon all users to stand united against all odds. Life testimony was shared by recovering addict Nurjul on the hurdles, punishments and temptations faced.
Khemkai O.R.W BYWC encouraged the gathering based on the theme ‘think health not drugs’ and the major advantages and disadvantages in a user’s lives and how to overcome it. The theme was shared by Khekiho who exhorted that drugs was also a kind of disease which was curable and said users also participated in indoor games which was a healthy sign.
24 Nagaland Coy (I): 24 Nagaland (I) Coy NCC, commanded by Col Paramvir Yadav, Sena Medal conducted an awareness drive and rallies at Kohima and various other places on Sunday. The rally was flagged off by Col Paramvir Yadav at the unit headquarter.
According to a defence release, around 100 NCC cadets from colleges and schools of Kohima and Zakhama, took part in the rally which covered a circuit of approx 8 kms from unit headquarter location, High School Junction, Themiazie, Seipfuzou, Teen Patti and back at the unit.
To spread awareness about the twin menace of drugs and illicit trafficking among the youth, the cadets carried placards shouting slogans.
Further, an oath ceremony was also conducted at the unit location, wherein cadets undertook pledge to shun drugs throughout their lives and also to be proactive in spreading awareness about the menace among their friends and kin.
Similar awareness drives, rallies and oath ceremonies were also conducted at various institutions under 24 Nagaland (I) Coy NCC, such as Sainik School Pungalwa, Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV) Zuketsa and JNV Yakuki, wherein the full authorized strength of 150, 50, 50 cadets respectively participated.