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Satellite OST Centre inaugurated in Longchem

Satellite OST Centre inaugurated in Longchem
Dr. Temsuyanger Ao, Ketichu Kent and others at the launching of the OST centre in Longchem on February 25.
DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 3/1/2019 12:10:08 PM IST

A satellite Opioid Substitution Therapy/Treatment (OST) centre, initiated through the support of Nagaland State AIDS Control Society (NSACS) and FHI360, was inaugurated on February 25 at Primary Health Centre (PHC) Longchem.

A press release by state coordinator, Temjennungsang, stated that resource person of the program, ZLO and nodal officer, District Mental Health Program (DMHP) Mokokchung, Dr. Temsuyanger Ao, shared about the benefits of an OST.

Due to social stigma and discrimination, Dr. Ao said, many drug users are not coming forward to avail treatment and thus they become vulnerable to other health issues which is detrimental to societal growth. With the help of OSTs, he said many young lives have been saved and are living a productive life.

In his address, assistant director (OST) NSACS, Ketichu Kent, said the centre would address the need of the community. He said the primary objective of establishing a satellite OST centre was to enable “hard to reach” drug users access the treatment right at their door steps.

LATC, vice chairman, A. Panger Longchar, said though punitive measures were taken to control the drug problem in the area, the issue had continued. He hoped that the people of the area would benefit from the centre.

GB, S. Imkong also added that with the launch of the treatment centre, the drug problem would be addressed.

The program was chaired by Lanu; Asangla offered the invocation; and a vote of thanks was delivered by MO of PHC Longchem, Dr. Temjen.

 

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