The Ministry of Health through its Metal Health component has concluded a two-day Adaptation and Validation on National Treatment Protocol for substance user’s disorders workshop in Gbarnga, Bong County.
Speaking in an interview with The Monrovia Times, the National Clinical and Mental Health Coordinator at the Ministry of Health, Boffa Washington said the workshop was intended to craft a national document that will be used by all Metal health workers in Liberia.
Madam Washington said substance usage in Liberia is becoming a national concern, adding that its not just national but international concern which is becoming a serious public health issue in the world.
“Based on this backdrop, we decided to invite stakeholders from various land ministries, local and international institutions in Liberia who are involved into service provision for substance use disorders, so that we can work on a document that we all as health workers will agree upon, to be use in the country.”
The Liberia Metal health coordinator said the rate at which young people are using substances in Liberia is very alarming.
She believes that the crime rate is high in the country, because of the increase in number of substance users in Liberia, adding that more young people are dropping out of school because of their engagement in drug activities.
Madam Boffa Washington said the document will be germane because it will ensure that anyone who is providing services for persons with substance use disorder no the right treatment to give.
She said after they should have developed this document, it will be a national document that will be used by health workers, adding the document will serve as guard line for treating substance use disorder in Liberia.
The National Clinical and Mental Health Coordinator at the Ministry of Health said they don’t want people coming in and doing something that is not evidence-based, or they don’t want people coming in and providing services that have no scientific backing.
The Mental Health Coordinator at the same time pledged her institution’s commitment to working with various local and international Metal health organizations for the over improvement of the health system in the country.
Madam Washington revealed that the two days adaptation and validation workshop was financed by the world health organization.