Councilor eyes drug rehab center-A A +A
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
A CITY councilor of Iloilo is eyeing a rehabilitation center solely for drug users in Iloilo City as it renewed its battle against the proliferation of illegal drugs and substances in the 180 city barangays.
Councilor Lyndon Acap, chairman of the Council’s committee on health, said there is an urgent need for a rehabilitation center for drug dependents in the city different from the regional drug rehabilitation center in Pototan, Iloilo.
“We have no program yet for a comprehensive drug rehab and the best way to start is to have our own center where the drug users can be saved and rehabilitated,” Acap said in introducing a resolution for a feasibility study to be conducted on the extent of drug use and the number of users.
Speaking at council’s regular session on Tuesday, Acap said the project could be a partnership between the City Government, family of drug dependents and the private sector that can donate equipment and other needs of the rehab center.
The center is to be maintained by the city government in cooperation with the Department of Health, Philippine National Police, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and other private institutions involved in the fight against illegal drugs, Acap said.
The center would be established in a half hectare city owned lot complete with a basketball court or for other sports and can accommodate more than 50 patients at one time. Psychiatrist and psychologists including medical doctors, nurses and other medical attendants can man the center.
Acap said that all city barangays are now affected with illegal drugs and the PDEA report indicates that not only the seven traditional barangays pinpointed as severely affected but also, all other barangays have their own users and moving pushers.
“The Pototan rehabilitation center has a capacity of only 60 patients and cannot accommodate all the drug dependents from the city and other places in the region. The victim users must be in isolation for some time upon undergoing treatment while the Pototan center sourly lacks the capacity, manpower and equipment to save the users,” Acap said.
In an interview with residents of Barangay Ortiz in the city proper, Acap said there are more than 80 drug users in the barangay who wanted rehabilitation and treatment for their drug addiction.
“With a rehab center of our own, we can still save and rehabilitate these drug users into useful citizens. The city also maintains a dalayunan center for juvenile delinquents and why not a rehab center for drug addicts” Acap concluded.