Sunday, 29 March 2020

11 PWUDs complete DATRC drug rehab program

ALABEL, Sarangani (February 7, 2020) – Eleven male clients of SOCCSKSARGEN Drug-Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation Center (DATRC) in barangay Kawas are now declared drug-cleared and are candidates for graduation this March after having completed the six months rehabilitation program.

Dr. Raime Rosario Galang, Medical Officer III, and officer-in-charge of the facility said the 11 were among the 20 clients of the first outpatient batch who started the rehab program on September 4, 2019. The other nine are still subject for further evaluation.

“We have several services rendered for them such as therapeutic community modality, individual and family counselling, case conference, scheduled home visitations, spiritual and values formation, and community services which include coastal clean-up and tree planting activities,” said Galang on February 6 during the joint provincial and municipal Anti-Drug Abuse Council (ADAC) meeting.

It was in December 2018 when the P350-million China-funded drug rehabilitation center was inaugurated and turned over to the local government.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque said the project was established “to address the need for more rehabilitation centers for Filipino PWUDs or persons who used drugs”.

Now, six male clients for the second outpatient batch have already started the program last January 28 and are undergoing the services offered by DATRC.

In her report during the ADAC meeting, Galang also gave the details of the updated admission flow chart regarding the operation of the facility.

The process includes the submission of court order to determine if the client should undergo outpatient or inpatient rehab program.

When the court order dictates the client to be categorized outpatient, a notice of admission (NOA) will be issued for him/her which consists of several requirements and documents the client has to comply with.

Galang said she personally checks the client’s medical clearance if he/she is cleared or treated from any respiratory problems or any disease that is infectious.

“Hindi lang naman priority natin dito is ma-rehab sila. Also one of our priorities is maging well sila, yung health nila,” said Galang on assuring the clients’ well-being first before enrolling them in the rehab program.

Clients who are qualified to enroll in the rehab program will then proceed to the general orientation.

“We will also orient the family members or anyone directly involved sa treatment ng client, kasi yung rehabilitation treatment is not only for the client itself. It is a process na kasama yung environment and yung family that is the support system,” added Galang.

It is the goal of the provincial government headed by Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon to have a rehabilitation center that not only looks good on the paper but a rehabilitation that will reform the patient.

In Sarangani, 136 barangays or 96.4% of the 141 total barangays are already declared drug-cleared by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency. These barangays are now subject for revalidation of their drug-cleared status. (Jori Mae Samillano/SARANGANI COMMUNICATIONS SERVICE)

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