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Satellite OST launched at Yongnyah

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 12/18/2019 11:24:42 AM IST

Satellite opioid substitution therapy (OST) initiated through the support of Nagaland State AIDS Control Society was inaugurated at Yongnyah PHC on December 18 with B.S Nganlang, MLA 49 A/C as the special guest and Dr Obangjungla chief medical officer (CMO) Longleng as the guest of honour. 

A press release from CMO office, district media officer Roseline stated that, B.S Nganlang Phom in his speech expressed his gratitude and appreciation to NSACS, Health and Family Welfare department and everyone involved in making the satellite OST possible. He said that it was a major achievement for PHC Yongnyah and the neighbouring villages as it will enable to stabilize the drug users. He also said that many have lost their lives to drugs and that the student leaders and village council together have tried their best to put an end to buying, selling and taking drugs but it was never successful. Expressing that this satellite OST was the first in the village to tackle drug menace in a systematic way, he also encouraged and requested everyone not to stigmatize and discriminate the drug users but to encourage them to come forward and avail the facility. 

He called upon all the village elders, NGOs and church leaders to co-ordinate and work together. He especially appealed to the church leaders to keep on sensitizing the public, the drug users in particular. 

Ketichu Kent, assistant director NSACS Kohima in his short speech on introduction on satellite OST programme said that the main reason for of opening the centre was to enable beneficiaries to access the service at the doorstep. He also said that OST was successfully reducing HIV related transmissions, and free of cost and it was not available in pharmacies and is not sold by unauthorized persons. Kent also cited examples of drug users who have been stabilized by OST and who are now living a very productive life. 

New OST client induction camp was led by Dr Sentikumla MO I/C OST Centre District Hospital Longleng. Satellite OST Centre Yongnyah PHC will cover five villages. 

Short speeches were delivered by Dr Obangjungla CMO Longleng, VCC Yongnyah village, Yongshei village, Yingli Mission Society, and Dr Sentikumla MO I/C OST Centre District Hospital Longleng in the programme led by Dr Manen Phom MO Yongnyah PHC. The programme was attended by the village council chairmen from different villages, village elders, NGOs and staff from PHC Yongnyah. 

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