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ARK foundation conducts sensitization programmes

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 2/22/2021 11:32:31 AM IST

ARK Foundation conducted sensitization programmes on substance use prevention, management and co morbidities with drug users and service providers at Zunheboto and Mokokchung, in collaboration with DAPCU Zunheboto and Care Counseling Centre, Mokokchung on the February 15. 

Another such programme in Kohima, in collaboration with Kripa Foundation was conducted. All three programmes were supported by department of Social welfare.

A press release by ARK Foundation stated that president, Ketho Angami, was the main resource person, who spoke on various health concerns pertaining to lives of drug user with objective to keep them away from pre mature deaths and infectious diseases.

Angami in his presentation stressed on subjects including importance of OST and its benefits, drug use in relation to overdose, HIV, TB and Viral Hepatitis, and prevention, management and treatment of all mentioned diseases. 

He further shared nature of diseases and deliberated as to how it affect physical health and lives of drug users and urged them to stay healthy and alive and away from any sort of infections until they mature out of their addiction and come to recovery. 

He also informed that all these services were government initiated programmes and could be availed free of cost. He, however, lamented about lack of awareness programmes, access to proper and easy access to test, diagnosis and treatment, while emphasizing on the saying “prevention is better than cure”. 

Through this programme, he added that viral hepatitis free programme was rolled out in Nagaland since 2019, and that service was to be made available in all district hospitals.

 

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