UNODC to Support Model Drug Dependent Treatment and Training Centers in Nigeria

ABUJA, 29 January 2014. In collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), and funding from the European Union (EU), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is to support the establishment of 11 model drug dependent treatment and care centers and six training centers within already established health institutions in Nigeria. The model treatment centers are planned to be established in Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital (FNPH) Aro, FNPH Yaba, FNPH Benin, FNPH Kaduna, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital Kano, Quintessential Health Care Center Jos, FNPH Enugu, and FNPH Maiduguri, while the model training centers will be established in FNPH Aro, FNPH Benin, FNPH Kaduna, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital Kano, FNPH Enugu, and National Hospital Abuja. The readiness of the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Jos University Teaching Hospital, and National Hospital Abuja to house the remaining three model treatment centers will be confirmed after a re-assessment by UNODC in three months' time.

These centers were selected by stakeholders in a workshop in Abuja on 29 January 2014 to disseminate and discuss findings and recommendations from an assessment conducted by UNODC of 17 drug dependent treatment and care facilities in Nigeria. The assessment carried out by an eminent expert, Dr Taiwo Adamson, evaluated the capacity of 17 facilities to provide minimum level of care for drug dependence treatment as well as serve as model treatment and training centers. Variables evaluated included infrastructure, bed capacity, staff capacity, therapeutic approaches and inputs as well as client satisfaction.

Mr Moshood Lawal, Director Traditional Medicine Development Desk, represented the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Health, Ambassador Sani Bala, in the workshop. He thanked participants for attending and encouraged them to make useful contributions that would be beneficial to all Nigerians.

Addressing participants in the workshop, Mariam Sissoko, UNODC Country Representative, said the support to model treatment and training centers is one of several deliverables in the EU funded UNODC implemented Project "Response to Drugs and Related Organized Crimes in Nigeria." She explained that the assessment and selection processes were standardized and transparent and urged participants to provide necessary support for the success of the initiative.

Mr Frederic Varenne, who represented the EU at the workshop said, "The assessment report to be discussed and the decisions to be taken today concerning the selected centers are one of the first actions that will very soon have concrete effects in terms of illicit drug demand reduction in Nigeria under the EU funded project 'Response to Drugs and Related Organized Crimes in Nigeria'."

The list of recommended centers will be presented to the Honorable Minister for Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, for approval after which the institutions would be notified officially. Discussions on minimum standards for treatment and training as well as monitoring and evaluation strategies will then be discussed with each of the institutions, followed by training, preparations and actual support by UNODC.

 

For further information contact:

James Ayodele

Tel: 234 701 683 9159, 234 802 976 8649

E-mail: james.ayodele@unodc.org