Donors help increase rehab centers for drug users — Department of Health

MANILA (Philippines News Agency) — The Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesday said that donors play a big role in its efforts to increase its rehabilitation facilities to accommodate drug users who need rehabilitation.

“So far, aside from the Mega Treatment and Rehab Center in Nueva Ecija, we have 8 upcoming projects for the Treatment and Rehab Center,” said DOH Secretary Dr. Paulyn Jean B. Rosell-Ubial during the #RealNumbersPH Forum held at Crowne Plaza in Ortigas, Quezon City.

Ubial said that ongoing construction of the said facilities was made possible thanks to donations from various individuals and agencies.

“The facility in Pilar, Bataan will be donated by San Miguel Corporation Foundation; the one in Camp Sikatuna in Bohol is donated by an NGO– Kausaban foundation; the one in Camp Bagong Diwa wherein we already have a treatment and rehab center, but Mega World Corporation is donating another building that can house 500 patients,” Ubial added.

She further said that another one is being constructed in Malaybalay, Bukidnon which were from a donation of Friends of the Philippines, a Chinese group and NGO and inauguration was done last March 25, 2017.

Other projects were in Trece Martires City which was donated by JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) in Agusan del Sur by the Ministry of China; and in SOCCSKSARGEN particularly in Sarangani province- another facility to be donated by government of China; and in Davao, which was inaugurated last December 2016 in Calinan, Davao city to be donated by Resort World to the Local Government of Davao.

“So, the DOH, as the nation’s leader in health provides coherence, direction in enhancing the operational effectiveness of Local Health systems towards improved health status in the local community,” the Health Chief said.

She further said that one of the pillars of the Philippine Health Agenda focuses on protecting Filipinos from the triple burden of diseases.

“So the First burden is infectious diseases. The second burden is non-infectious diseases. The third burden is the diseases of modern day living and rapid urbanization. So this includes mental health problems, the injuries and also, drug abuse is part of the third burden of disease,” she said.

She further added that DOH has a comprehensive program on the levels of prevention and the levels of addressing the mental health issues of this country including drug dependence.

Other efforts of the agency as part of addressing and handling the drug rehabilitation is continuous training of city and municipal health municipal health officers in order to capacitate them to assess patients whether they are qualified for community-based rehabiliatation only or there is a need for them to be placed in rehab facilities.

This effort is complemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) which also help in the community-based rehab along with other groups for the after-care program.

Like the DSWD which is the heart of government service for the poor and vulnerable, the agency provides care to the drug users in order to reform them and give them chance to be healed from the drug menace that victimizes them and become “assets” of the country too..

In the past months, there were drug users who voluntarily surrendered and opted to be rehabilitated as the President Rodrigo Duterte declared his strong and sincere desire to save the country from the drug menace. (Leilani S. Junio/with reports from Mary Rose Sasota/PNA)


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