Health, education should be priority: Gov Acharya

Health, education should be priority: Gov Acharya
Acharya addressing the Intl. day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking 2019 programme at Capital Convention Center. (DIPR)
Correspondent KOHIMA, JUN 26 (NPN) | Publish Date: 6/26/2019 11:33:36 AM IST

Nagaland governor, PB Acharya, said that health and education should be of utmost priority and urged the policy-makers to look into the appeal for budgetary allocation to implement “the Nagaland State Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Policy 2016”.

Acharya said this while addressing an event organized to observe International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on the theme “health for justice, justice for health” at Capital Convention Centre here Wednesday. The programme was jointly organized by ministry of social justice and empowerment, department of social welfare Nagaland, narcotic cell Nagaland police, Kripa foundation, NCC, IDUF, NSACS and NUN. 

Emphasizing on drug users, governor called upon the citizens of the state to create stigma-free environment in the society. He lauded the effort of the Naga Mothers’ Association (NMA) for its positive contribution towards addressing the drug abuse issue in the state.

In his address as guest speaker, principal secretary school education & SCERT, Menukhol John, said that drug abuse and related issues was a huge concern and that all responsible must join hands in combating the issue. 

He said that drug abuse was very personal matter and must be approached in a very humane way. John also highlighted the statistics of HIV and drug use in the state.

Kripa Foundation director Abou Mere, in his address, said the state government was obligated to fulfill, respect and protect the drug affected people by taking into legislation, administrative, budgetary, judicial, promotional and other measures for realization of the right to health.

He lamented that the state has not implemented the Nagaland State Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Policy 2016 till today. He said that since health is a state subject, the state government must provide budgetary allocation for drug policy in order to save life.

Nagaland Users Network vice president Nukshinaro, in her address, said women drug addicts were discriminated more than men and were denied facilities. Stressing the need for gender equality, she said that women should also have access to support and treatment like the men. She said that when the responsible department frames the policy it must stress on sexual and reproductive health and necessary equal treatment for both sexes. Ato from Kripa foundation also addressed the gathering.

In his closing remark, N-NagaDao secretary Ketho Angami read out the memorandum to be submitted to the governor on requesting for budgetary allocation to implement “the Nagaland state substance abuse prevention and treatment policy 2016”.

Earlier, social welfare director T Merangtsungba Aier delivered welcome address. Programme was attended by students, NGOs, organizers’ members and others.


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