Reachout Center Trust an anti-drug lobby based at the Coast has urged the government to allow drug users who are undergoing treatment in various counties to cross over and access their medication.
This is after the restriction of movement in Kwale, Mombasa and Kilifi counties took effect two days ago.
RCT Executive Director Taib Abdulrahman said for second day in a row, the drug patients have not accessed their daily anti- drug therapy after they were blocked from crossing over to the three counties where they normally get their treatment.
He said over 60 of the clients who reside in Mtwapa, Kilifi County cannot access the treatment.
They have to travel to Freer town in Mombasa to access the treatment.
“We urge the government to allow our clients who are in their recovering journey to access methadone treatment (an anti drug therapy) to Freetown clinic along the Mombasa-Malindi highway,” said Mr. Taib.
He revealed that despite the opening of another methadone clinic at Shimo la tewa maximum prison, the drug patients cannot access it for their daily therapy.
“Our fear is that our efforts may be drained and these clients relapse into drug use,” he noted.
He said more than 60 patients who have been attending their daily therapy at Freer town clinic are encountering challenges after inter-county movements were restricted.
[A drug user injecting heroin. Photo/Tom Fondo].
Mr. Taib further noted that the drug users under the watch of the organisation and who live in Likoni cannot access treatment at Kombani methadone along the Likoni-Lungalunga highway clinic in Kwale county.
“We have more than 50 drug patients who attend their daily anti-drug therapy at Kombani, these too have missed their methadone treatment for a second day today,” said Mr. Taib.
Though he said the organization fully backs government’s initiative in taming the spread of Coronavirus, the methadone patients need an access to their daily anti- drug therapy.
He added that the methadone treatment has proved to be effective in disentangling drugs users from the menace.
He appealed to the government to allow the patients access their anti-drug treatment.
Taib said the organisation will push for the continuation of the anti-drug treatment to the clients, many of whom are the youth.