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Training at Myeik General hopes to provide isolated drug addicts with a lifeline

Myitmakha News Agency

Yangon, August 23 – doctors from rural hospitals in southern Myanmar’s Myeik district and archipelagic Kyunsu Township are currently attending a drug addicts treatment training held at the Myiek General Hospital in a bid to offer effective treatment to addicts from their isolated parts of the region, the hospital informed Myitmakha News Agency.

The training course is being held at the Myeik General Hospital between August 22-24 on, not just how to physically treat drug addicts wishing to wean themselves off their addiction, but also the mental and psychological side of rehabilitation as well.

“The training is being given to doctors stationed in rural areas. These doctors will them implement what treatment techniques they’ve learned on drug addicts in their regions at the end of this month. Doctors from all rural hospitals have been called for the training at Myeik General so that they will be in a position to treat suffers of drug addictions which don’t wish to travel all the way Myeik,” said Dr Thandar Myo Win, superintendent for Myiek General Hospital.

The aforementioned training is reportedly being given to a total of 20 regional doctors.

“We came across drug addicts with a desire to quit upon our field studies to fishing villages within Myeik district. The regional government will hold talks with doctors from Myeik General in a bid to improve treatment services to such suffers of drug addictions,” said Dr Htoo Nay Aung, Tanintharyi Region Hluttaw MP for Kyunsu Township.

The drug treatment training course is reportedly the first of its kind. Its aim is to allow drug addicts to seek initial treatment locally, while those whose addictions are very severe will be given further treatment at Myeik General.

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