AN OFFICIAL of the Department of Health (DOH) said Monday not all drug user will have to be admitted in rehabilitation centers but can just be treated as out-patients.
Speaking at a health forum in Quezon City, DOH Treatment and Rehabilitation Center official Dr. Alfonso Villaroman said only a fraction of the estimated 160,000 drug users that surrendered will undergo rehabilitation.
“If you will take probably a hundred patients, not all of them will need to be entered into a rehab program or residential rehab program. Ang nangyayari, a bulk of these patients will not need to undergo residential treatment,” said Villaroman.
He said this is the reason why the DOH has opted to conduct a training of health workers in the National Capital Region (NCR), who will conduct the initial assessment drug users in the communities.
He said that the training will be done for four days with participants set to be oriented on how to properly diagnose the drug users on which type of rehabilitation should be given to them.
He noted how there are different levels of drug use, namely occasional users, social users, regular users, and compulsive or intensified drug users.
“After this training, we expect them to have the skills for them to be able to determine kung habit ba ito or hindi. At second, kailangan ba marehab sa loob or hindi. Pwede ba itong out patient?,” said Villaroman.
The health official related that there are only 44 drug rehabilitation centers in the country, with 14 currently being run by the government and the other 30 by private institutions.
This, he noted, pales in comparison with the number of those surrendering to authorities for being either drug users or pushers, which is already at about 160,000.
“We are trying to capacitate health workers up to the barangay level for them to be able to diagnose and assist patients. This is because most of them are just afraid kaya lang sila nag-surrender,” said Villaroman.
He said the training program is only being pilot tested in Metro Manila and is set to be replicated in other regions.
“After this, we will adopt this program to other regions. This is only a pilot training program,” said Villaroman. (HDT/Sunnex)