Deputy PM urges to solve hiccup in implementation of Methadone treatment program

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, who is also Chairman of the National Committee for AIDS, Drug and Prostitution Prevention and Control, has asked related agencies to resolve hiccups along the implementation of anti-AIDS, Drug and Prostitution program.

In a meeting with related ministries and agencies on improving detoxification mission, the Deputy PM confirmed policies and expensed should be tackled in the next time. 

The Deputy PM ordered ministries and departments to finish guidance document including decrees and decisions that are instructed detoxification at home, community, in rehabilitation centers; re-education and administrative penalties.

Many localities are reported to have trouble in sending addicts to compulsory drug rehabilitation due to burdensome paperwork and lengthy procedures.

Moreover, ministries of health; finance; labor, invalids and social affairs were asked to issue guidelines on Methadone treatment fee and launch Methadone treatment program throughout the country.

The Methadone treatment program was implemented in the country from April, 2008 in Ho Chi Minh City and the northern city of Hai Phong. It has been multiplied at 92 medical clinics in 32 provinces and cities; however, many participants reported that around 20,000 drug addicted have received Methadone treatment so far.

The program targets to have 80,000 people being treated with Methadone by 2015. Local health authorities said that they are facing difficulties including shortage of Methadone supply and personnel in opening special medical clinics where provide Methadone treatment to drug addicts.

Nguyen Hoang Long, head of the Ministry of Health's HIV/AIDS Prevention Department, said methadone treatment has reached only 34,000 people to date, expressing hope that the health sector will supply enough Methadone for the target of 80,000 for the end of next year.

The Deputy PM ordered the Ministry of Finance should plan to finance for the Methadone treatment program, adding that it will be better instead of calling for social contributions.

By Phan Thao – Translated by Uyen Phuong

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