First OST Camp in Nagaland held in Changtongya

First OST Camp in Nagaland held in Changtongya
Organisers, doctors, nurses and participants at the Opioid Substitution Treatment Camp held at CHC, Changtongya from February 13 to 15.
By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 2/18/2019 12:19:57 PM IST

 The first OST (Opioid Substitution Treatment) camp in Nagaland was held from February 13 to 15 at the Community Health Centre Changtongya.
The Camp was jointly organised by Nagaland State AIDS Control Society (NSACS), Project Sunrise Foundation and Grace Society Changtongya. The OST in CHC was launched on October 28, 2013.
The resource persons at the event were ZLO, nodal officer, District Mental Health Program (DMHP), Dr Temsuyanger Ao; technical expert OST, Dr Sentikumla Longkumer, OST, Medical Officer District Hospital Longleng; and senior medical officer, CHC, Dr Imlinaro.
Dr Temsuyanger said OST supplies illicit drug users with a replacement drug, under criteria and they are administered in supervised clinical settings. As a result, besides treating users, it also protects users from HIV and Hepatitis, as well as saves time and resources.
He also pointed out that such a centre opens its doors for users to be part of the community, and weans them away from their habits and help them become good citizens.
Dr Temsuyanger also told those present that it was the first time such an OST camp was organised in Nagaland. More than 150 individuals attended the three-day camp. The OST centre started functioning in Nagaland from 2013 and there are now around 31 such centres across Nagaland offering assistance and treatment for drug users, the release added.

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