NSACS train doctors on oral substitution therapy

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Dimapur, July 9: A two days training of oral substitution therapy centre doctors of targeted intervention; facility and satellite OST center conducted by Nagaland State AIDS Control Society (NSACS) got underway today. The objective of the training was to train the doctors of OST centre on dose management; strengthen systems of satellite OST; index testing; ART and VL services including OST programme management.
In her welcome address, Joint Director of TI Division NSACS thanked all the participants who were able to come from different part of the district despite the different challenges of travelling during monsoon. She thanked Project Sunrise – FHI360 for the financial support towards the training cost.
In his opening remarks, Project Director of NSACS mentioned that medical doctors are look at as God. “And we are expected to perform our duty with human touch no matter who our client or patient maybe. One important thing that differentiate us from others is that we worked and deal with human live and emotions,” he said and encouraged all the medical doctors who work in limited resources setting to be sincere in their work for better result.
There are 31 OST centre in the State supported by NSACS. OST centres supplies illicit drug users with the replacement drugs, supervised under clinical settings. As a result, besides treating users, it also protects illicit drug users from HIV and Hepatitis as well as save time and resources.
The training covers topic such as overview of drugs and drug use disorders; harm reduction; Opioid substitution therapy – overview; assessment and diagnosis; index testing; viral load; strengthening satellite OST centre. (Page News Service)