DIMAPUR, FEBRUARY 21: ARK Foundation conducted sensitization programmes on substance use prevention, management and co morbidities with drug users and service providers at Zunheboto and Mokokchung town in collaboration with DAPCU Zunheboto and Care Counselling Centre, Mokokchung on the February 15 and another at Kohima town in collaboration with Kripa Foundation.
All the three programs were supported by the department of Social Welfare, stated a press release from the foundation.
Ketho Angami, the president of ARK Foundation, was the main resource person. He spoke on various subjects including the importance of OST and its benefits, drug use in relation to overdose, HIV, TB and viral hepatitis, and the prevention, management and treatment of all these diseases.
Angami shared that intervention and recovery programmes are Government-initiated and can be availed free of cost.
He said that drug overdose is reversible with an antidote, and that people need not die of an Opiod drug overdose. He provided some overdose prevention measures and highligted how an overdose can be managed and reversed through the administration of the antidote.
On HIV and TB, he mentioned that drug users are susceptible to such diseases due to risk behaviours and immune suppression as a result of drug use. He shared the routes of HIV transmission and modes in which TB is spread, and also the prevention and treatment of these two diseases.
On viral hepatitis, he shared information about the types of hepatitis and how it is spread. Out of the five types of viral hepatitis, HBV and HCV are considered to be dangerous in nature.
While there is vaccine available for HBV, there is no vaccine for HCV. He also shared about how HCV is tested, diagnosed and treated with the new antiviral drug over a period of three months.
He also said that viral hepatitis free programme has been rolled out in Nagaland since 2019, and the service is to be made available in all the district hospitals.
He informed that anyone who intends to get tested should go and avail the service as the Sate Viral Hepatitis Programme has on various occasions informed that treatment is free for everyone in all districts.
(Page News Service)