Deputy Minister of Health launches workshop on drug addiction awareness in the DRC


Kinshasa, May 21, 2021 (ACP) .- The Vice Minister of Public Health, Hygiene and Prevention, Véronique Kilumba Nkulu launched Friday at the French center in Kinshasa, the work of the workshop on the identification and awareness of actors drug addiction in the DRC. In her remarks at the opening ceremony, Ms. Kilumba said drug addiction is a development threat. It affects the most active segment of the population, especially young people. Drug addiction, she added, has aggravating consequences. It pushes to perverse acts and behaviors that expose to diseases, rebellion, insurrectionary movements, and depravity of mores, trauma, banditry and dependence. The number 2 Ministry of Health praised this initiative which makes it possible to develop an integrated approach in order to reach all health zones to the ends of the country. The ideal is to sensitize the different layers and specific populations (injecting drug users and users of psychoactive substances). In addition, she deplores the fact that this phenomenon is not popularized and knows less interventions. Some recommendations Ms. Véronique Kilumba, on the same occasion, formulated some recommendations to fight against this scourge in the DRC. It is, among other things, to seize this opportunity to sensitize the actors of the civil society to the regulation of the consumption of psychoactive substances (drugs, alcohol, tobacco and other toxic substances) and to present the integrated approach for the prevention and treatment of drug addicts in health zones. It would also be necessary to set up a working group on the Integration of activities against drug addiction in the minimum package of activities and complementary package of activities as well as an advocacy platform at the international, national, provincial and international local levels.on the fight against the consumption of psychoactive substances. It would also be a question of laying the foundations for the establishment of a National Office or Agency against drugs and supporting the development of a national policy to combat drug addiction. « The field of action in the fight against drug addiction is wide and sparks an influx of interventions and partners in the face of this scourge, » the Deputy Minister of Health explained to the participants. For the director of the National Program for the Fight against Drug Addiction and Toxic Substances (PNLCT), this workshop is of paramount importance since drug addiction is a serious public health problem. It allows stakeholders and actors involved in the fight against drug addiction to reflect together on the various themes, namely the integration, management and consolidation of policies. It is a question of raising awareness and consolidating the various subjects to fight against this scourge. Several actors and members of civil society organizations as well as international NGOs participated in these 24-hour meetings, initiated by the PNLCT in partnership with World Federation against Drugs (WFAD) thanks to funding from Swedish cooperation. ACP/