Home News Health Coronavirus affects anti-drug interventions in Mombasa

Coronavirus affects anti-drug interventions in Mombasa

[RCT Executive Director Taib Abdulrahman. Photo/Tom Fondo].

The novel Covid-19 pandemic has drastically affected health interventions to people who use drugs in Mombasa county.

Anti-drug organisation Reachout Centre Trust says the pandemic affected normal health services and other interventions to disentangle people who use drugs.

RCT Executive Director Taib Abdulrahman said the organisation has been forced to implement other interventions and seek assistance from other partners to ensure the target group does not miss basic health and other humanity services.

According to Taib, the organisation has undertaken various measures to prevent the spread of Coronavirus especially to people who use drugs right at the dens.

He said such measures have enabled the target group to observe health and safety provisions so as to prevent contracting the deadly virus.

Anti-Covid-19 interventions

“We have distributed face masks to drug users with an aim of safeguarding them from Covid-19,” he said.

[RCT Executive Director Taib Abdulrahman (far right) with KRCS officials during methadone mobile dispensation. Photo/Tom Fondo]. 

“We know our clients are inseparable so at times it becomes a challenge to ensure they observe physical distance but our efforts have yielded fruits,” noted Mr. Taib.

He said they have been forced to initiate a satellite methadone dispensation centre within Majengo area in Mombasa island to ensure health interventions are not halted.

“We took such measures after Old town area was partially locked down and recovering drug users could not access health and other essential services,” he added.

He appealed for support and partnership so that the organisation carries on with its health interventions to people who use drugs.

He also appealed to the community to join the fight against drug use among the youthful generation in Mombasa and in the larger Coast region.