MUNTINLUPA CITY – The Muntinlupa City government held a training workshop for doctors, medical personnel, and social workers as part of its anti-drug campaign, the Manila Standard reported.
The four-day workshop is part of its efforts to implement a holistic recovery and rehabilitation program for drug dependents in the city, according to the local government.
Muntinlupa City Health Office acting chief Dr. Juancho Bunyi explained the four-day training workshop beefed up the 12 participants with a Department of Health’s (DOH) provisional accreditation to perform assessment, screening, and referral of treatment of drug dependents who will surrender to local authorities.
Some 12 doctors, six nurses, two midwife practitioners, four social workers, and two members of the Muntinlupa Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Office joined the seminar.
Trained doctors will be authorized to recommend the type of treatment which drug dependents need to undergo including in-house treatment, referral to rehabilitation facilities, or through a local community-based program.
Muntinlupa City is the first local government unit to organize the basic course for accreditation of medical personnel in the National Capital Region.
“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 said.
Muntinlupa City has been providing alternative programs for the recuperation of drug-dependent surrenderers through MAPALAD, its recovery tact for drug users.
Aside from medical and psychiatric interventions, the city government also gives scholarships and loans to hundreds of drug dependents who surrendered to local authorities. Surrenderers will be receiving assistance such as enrollment in technical-vocational institution and zero-interest loan financing for business.
Muntinlupa City Mayor Jaime Fresnedi has expressed support to President Rodrigo Duterte’s drive against illegal drugs and pushes for recovery and rehabilitation programs of drug dependents across the country.