Thu, 18 Jul 2019

The seat of the City Government of Muntinlupa. (FILE PHOTO)

MUNTINLUPA, Dec. 6 (PIA)--Muntinlupa city government is currently training doctors, medical personnel and social workers in Muntinlupa are being trained by the city government to conduct a holistic recovery and rehabilitation program for drug dependents in the city.

Dr. Juancho Bunyi, acting city health officer, said the four-day training initially attended by 12 doctors, six nurses, two midwife practitioners, four social workers, and two members of the Muntinlupa Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Office, will equip the participants with a Health department's provisional accreditation to perform assessment, screening, and referral of treatment of drug dependents who will surrender to local authorities.

Trained doctors will be authorized to recommend the type of treatment that the drug dependents need to undergo such as in-house treatment, referral to rehabilitation facilities, or through a local community-based program.

According to Bunyi, Muntinlupa City is the first local government unit to organize the basic course for accreditation of medical personnel in NCR.

"The accreditation of medical personnel is one of the various strategies that we are implementing to improve the local anti-illegal drugs campaign. It is our goal that drug dependents who will surrender to the government will eventually be fully integrated back to society," Bunyi noted.

Muntinlupa City Government forefronts in giving alternative programs for the rehabilitation of drug dependent surrenderees through MAPALAD, a local recovery approach for drug-users.

Beyond medical and psychiatric interventions, the local government provides scholarships and loans to hundreds of drug dependents who surrendered to local authorities. Screened surrenderees will be receiving assistance such as enrollment in technical-vocational institution and zero-interest loan financing for business. (PIA-NCR)

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