From E. Varney Kamah, GNN Correspondent, Maryland County|
In an effort to enhance smooth healthcare delivery system and to promote good health habits in Liberia, Partner In Health (PIH) along with the Maryland County Health Team on Wednesday, September 22, 2021, had a day long training workshop with over forty participants at the Auditorium of Caritas Cape Palmas Diocese in Harper City.
The training brought together stakeholders, Health workers, local government officials, County Education Officer (CEO), District Education Officers (DEO), Religious leaders, Traditional leaders, Women groups, Youth groups, National Security apparatus, Community Chairpersons, the Media, among others.
Speaking at the training was PIH Mental Health Coordinator Mr. Willie Archie Yansine. He mentioned that the training is aimed at educating participants on “SUBSTANCE USE” in the County.
“We have organized this training workshop because we have observed that Substance Use is on a high increase across the County. PIH Mental Health Coordinator emphasized the need for community awareness by saying.” with the involvement of these participants the use of Substance will be reduced. He stressed.
Mr Yansine outlined some major Health effects of “SUBSTANCE USE” and cautioned the participants to be cognizant of the threats it poses to their wellbeing.
” The continuous uses of substances endanger your health and could cause lower immunity, cancers, liver disease, risky behavior that might lead you to contracting HIV/Hepatitis, Hypertension/Stroke, and effects your on unborn children and many others”. PIH Mental Health Coordinator emphasized.
On his part, Maryland County Education Officer Rev. Prof Tehneseo P. Brohdonyen Sr. lauded the effort of Partners in Health and the County Health Team for enlightening the minds of the participants against the use of harmful Substances.
“We are grateful to PIH for organizing this workshop because, drugs consumption in this country is a serious problem and it is destroying our youthful population. I’m also recommending to the National government that the crime of drugs sellers be the same as a Rape crime in Liberia.” Rev. Brohdonyen recommended.
Another participants Miss Philomena Arkue, Counseling Aid at Tubman University said that Substance abuse could be minimized through the intervention of community dwellers, government, health workers by providing awareness.
She at the same time used the occasion to call on the National government to build rehabilitation centers and rehabilitate those that are involved.
Partners In Health (PIH) is a Non-Governmental Organization which operates in this region for the smooth enhancement of health delivery services.
The NGO which is currently partnering with the Ministry of Health has in 2014 signed a twenty five year Partnership agreement with the Liberian government to aid in the provision of quality healthcare and other infrastructural developments.
It can be recalled that PIH has in recent times revamped the Pleebo Health Center with the erection of maternity Care Center and other annexes at the health facility and usually distribute potent drugs and work in line with the CHT to assign qualified health practitioners to both health facilities across the county.