ITANAGAR, MARCH 6 ; The executive members of Dopum Abu Tang Society Itanagar and NGO Parivartan on Saturday had a meeting with Capital Deputy Commissioner Talo Potom and discussed possibilities to establish a mental health and de-addiction centre in the city.
Potom interacting with the media said that drug addiction is becoming a menace not only in the capital complex and state but across the region and country and affecting the health and economy of a family, community and society and also affecting the economy of the country. The state government is also very much concerned about drug menace and proposing several steps to curb the menace and followed by providing treatment and support to several others in solving the issue.
The state police has also waged a war against the drug and carried out several activities in this regard. Said DC.
In the capital few NGOs are already on the job and the state government is working out to establish a rehabilitation centre in the Lekhi area. He assured to extend all possible support to NGOs working in the field and also those who come forward to fight the menace in many or any way.
Dopum Abu Tang Society Itanagar Chairman Yorum Tari informs that the drug menace is affecting the physical and mental health in our society. The main people affected are the youths who are the future of tomorrow so it is high time to keep our youths safe for our better future.
“I have been associated with several social welfare activities and due to the few young children in my community and society who have been affected due to drug menace and mental health I have seen the pain and problems being faced by the rest of the family. So I have decided to establish a rehabilitation and mental health centre with a humble beginning at Chimpu area. I am trying my best effort with a humble beginning with ten bedded and slowly the capacity and strength will be enhanced with improvement in infrastructure and manpower.”, Tari said.
The Parivartan Trust is a community based organisation, working in the field of mental health and De addiction since its inception in 1991 in Maharashtra and in Assam from 2011 and since then it gradually expanding its services in other North Eastern States of India. the Dopum Abu Tang Society Itanagar is carrying out the work in its collaboration. He said.
In the recent past we have seen the rising number of mental health and addiction related cases in all parts of the country and on the other side there are very limited services to cater the needs of the affected persons with mental illness and addiction. He said.
Therefore, we would like to explore the opportunity to extend our services initiated at Itanagar, so that maximum people can access quality and affordable services at the nearest place without going to Guwahati and Shillong. He said.
Dilip Gaonkar Lead Program Coordinator Parivartan, Tezpur among others also discussed the issue with Capital DC.