Dimapur, April 11: Network of Nagaland Drugs and AIDS Organisations (NNagaDAO), the apex body of NGOs and CBOs working in the field of drugs and HIV and AIDs in Nagaland today urged the Principal Secretary, Home to direct the law enforcing personnel (police as well as youth volunteers) on duty not to resort to beatings, taking videos of these incidents and sharing these images on social media.
In a letter to the Principal Secretary, the NNagaDAO said the court of law should decide on the course of action as per the provision of the law.
In our effort to control the spread of COVID-19, universal human dignity and the fundamental principles of human rights should not be undermined or violated in the contexts of individuals or groups, it said.
While appreciating all health workers, law enforcement agencies, administrative officials and volunteers risking their lives to protect the people, the NNagaDAO said it is aware of some of the public, including people who use drugs and alcohol, who have not been fully abiding the lockdown advisories, as evidenced by some incidents reported recently when they were brought to task by the police and youth volunteers enforcing the lockdown.
It said for decades, several measures were taken by various agencies to control drug use and alcoholism in Nagaland, but most of these failed to produce the desired results as they were not grounded in evidence-based clinical understanding of the issue.
In a progressive move, the Nagaland State Government has adopted the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Policy, based on scientific evidence and promoting a human rights approach, it said adding, at this critical phase of the pandemic, it is crucial for the State Government to ensure a public health approach for the treatment of drug users and alcoholics by ensuring availability and accessibility of treatment services, as well as referral to treatment centers, as also stated in the aforementioned policy.
It further appreciated the efforts that are being taken by the State Government to protect the safety and health of all sections of the population; and look forward to collectively working towards ensuring that this protection and health services are extended to drug users and alcoholics in Nagaland. (Page News Service)