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Mombasa intensifies war on drugs

28 March 2014, 13:57 Harrison Mbungu

Mombasa - Mombasa County government in collaboration with other stakeholders has introduced a new harm reduction program to help with the war against drugs use in the region.

Through the Medical Assistance Treatment (MAT) program, drug users will be introduced to a Methadone drug which according to experts will help them to abstain from using drugs.

Health experts say the Methadone drug program which is expected to be launched in June this year in Mombasa will target all drug users in the entire coastal region.

Speaking on the sidelines of a national conference on harm reduction that brought together different stakeholders in the health sector in coastal region, Mombasa county health executive, Binti Omar said the program is aimed to zero the rate of drug use in the region.

“We are doing this to make sure that there is no more spread of drug use in the county," said Omar.

According to Omar, the program will first be introduced in public hospitals where proper management will be enhanced to avoid malpractices.

The program, which has been successful in other countries within East and Central Africa, will target a large number of drug users in Mombasa.

She said the needle program has not been successful because of poor management.

“Though it’s so expensive, we hope it will be effective. We have conducted several meetings with different stakeholders on this program and we hope it will work well," she said.

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