The government has opened the Shimo la tewa maximum prison Medically Assisted Therapy (MAT) clinic.
This is after anti-drug activist at the Coast raised concerns after some of the drug patients were blocked from accessing their daily treatment at the designated Freere town MAT clinic.
The anti-drug therapy clinic located inside the prison facility will offer anti-drug therapy for the patients from Mtwapa in Kilifi county.
The drug patients were blocked by security agencies from crossing over to Mombasa county after the government imposed a restriction of movement in the three Coastal counties of Kilifi, Mombasa and Kwale Counties for a period of 21 days.
The lock down also affected Nairobi County.
Reachout Centre Trust Executive Director Taib Abdulrahman said the move will enhance the recovery efforts of the over 60 drug patients living in Mtwapa.
Earlier, the drug patients on recovery journey earlier received their anti-drug therapy at Freere town MAT clinic.
“Some of these clients could not afford their bus fares to Freere town MAT clinic from Mtwapa, having an anti-drug therapy clinic at Shimo la Tewa maximum prison will ease their traveling,” noted Mr. Taib.
He however revealed that over 50 other drug patients and who attend their treatment at Kombani anti-drug clinic along the Likoni-Lungalunga highway are still stranded.
[The Shimo la tewa prison MAT clinic. officials led by Dr. Khadija Shikelly during the opening ceremony. Photo/Tom Fondo]
The 50 who resides at Likoni cannot access their daily treatment following movement restrictions imposed by the government in the three counties.
The anti-drug activist called for a quick solution to the problem.
“So that our efforts do not go down into waste, let the government allow these patients to access their treatment so that they don’t relapse,” he said.