MHRC on its third surprise visit finds rehab centres clean and neat

TMB Report

IMPHAL: Though there are a number of organizations running a drug rehabilitation centres in the most pathetic manner defying all existing norms and guidelines laid down by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, yet there are still many which adheres to these guidelines despite fund constraints in the benefit of the drug users’ community.

The Manipur Human Rights Commission (MHRC) team led by its acting Chairperson Khaidem Mani, in its third surprise visit to different drug de-addiction centres of the state inspected Ipa Ibungo Drug De-Addiction and Rehabilitation Centre at Thangmeiband Hijam Leikai and The Overcomers at Lamphel, both located under Imphal west district on Friday.

During the surprise inspection visit at The Overcomers’, which is a privately run faith based centre, the visiting team found that the centre had altogether 31 clients among which the 31 clients was provided free rehabilitation/treatment facilities. The 31 clients were staying in a 45 bedded rooms with different room for detoxification. The clients were provided rehabilitation facilities by a Six staffs which include four counsellors. The rooms were found to be neat and clean and the centre was also found to be adorned with a large open space playground where the clients could breathe in fresh air and enjoy and experience a homely type environment, said in a press release of MHRC.

Speaking to the visiting team, the resident Coordinator of the centre Kennedy while acknowledging lack of staff in the rehab centre said that they charge Rs. 6, 500 for admission of new clients and Rs. 6, 000 for subsequent months. With these money, the provided the house rent, staffs remunerations, and all other expenditures are being met. The centre which is equipped with an ambulance is used to take patients to the hospitals as and when the need arises. The two specialist doctors namely Dr. Karam Romeo and Dr. Kh. Lokeshwar are the consulting physicians of the centre.

He also informed the visiting team of the need for the state government to provide capability building programme on documentations and counselling. He also pointed out the need for opening vocational training courses inside the centre so that the clients after treatment can proceed towards providing self-employment so as to refrain themselves from getting back to the same old habit of drug use. During the inspection visit at the Ipa Ibungo Drug De-Addiction and Rehabilitation Centre, it was found that the centre entertained altogether 51 clients in a large room having a double deck bed and a separately partitioned detox room where fresh clients are kept for 7 days on detoxification.

The team informed that there are 7 toilets for the clients at the centre. The visiting team was also informed that the centre provides income generating programme including skill building and nursery. Any client who are to appear for any kind of examination are given the opportunity through proper security arrangements.

Speaking media persons on the sidelines at the inspection, Acting Chairperson Khaidem Mani said that of all the rehabilitation centres inspected so far during the last two days, the ones visited on March 6, 2020 seems to followed the basic guidelines and also have a soothing environment. “These two centres are better positioned than others.” He also pointed out the need for the authority concerned to take up capability building programmes for the privately run rehabilitation centres which are not funded by the ministry as the few state funded rehabilitation centres are not in the position to entertain all the drug users in the state. Khaidem Mani also mentioned on the need for the authority concerned to come up with certain guidelines for them to follow in the larger interest and make sure that those defying the guidelines are given penalty and on the other hand encourage those centres which stick to the set guidelines, said in a press release by Khaidem Mani.

The acting chairperson while also mentioning on the “War on Drugs” carried out by the N Biren led BJP coalition government, informed the clients of both the centres that youths are the future of the society and it is very unfortunate that many youths are drown into drug use which is quite condemnable.

“You should all make sure that you come out of this drug use habit after your treatments are completed in the rehab centres and become a responsible youth of the society.

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