DEPARTMENT of Health (DOH) accreditation trainer Richi Cristobal said the department is now training more local government health workers such as physicians, psychiatrists, and social workers to deal with drug surrenderers.

The drug surrenderers in the country are now more or less 1.8 million.

Cristobal, program director of Better Days Ahead Drug Rehabilitation

Center and executive director of Family Wellness Center in Manila, said he is now part of the team of trainers under the DOH National Capital Region (NCR).

Dr. Ariel Valencia, regional director of DOH-NCR, leads the handling of the “psycho-social” part of the training and does the counseling of drug addicts undergoing recovery program.

Cristobal said many government health workers need training especially in handling drug addicts as most of them are not that familiar with it.

He added that they started the accreditation trainings for government physicians on the screening and assessment of surrenderers to determine which recovery program they will be referred to really fit their needs.

From there, they can determine whether the surrenderer will be referred to a community-based program, out-patient, or government rehabilitation.

Cristobal said the DOH is doing its best to train more health workers to cater to all drug surrenderers in the local government units.

The training is comprehensive, less clinical, and modified, he added.

“We make sure that all the needs of drug surrenderers are handled well by the health workers,” Cristobal said.