UNODC provides COVID-19 protective equipment to protect drug users receiving treatment in Senegal

17-07-2020

DAKAR The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) for West and Central Africa has donated personal protective equipment (PPE) to the Integrated Addiction Management Centre (known as CEPIAD) in Dakar to help combat the current health crisis of COVID-19.

The CEPIAD was inaugurated in 2014 at the Fann Hospital in Dakar with the support of UNODC to support the development of addiction treatment services. Today, it offers the first methadone maintenance program in West Africa and has more than 280 registered patients under treatment.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, patients meeting specific criteria were able to receive treatment at home for a set number of days in order to limit the number of people at the centre and thus comply with social distancing measures.

  
 Ms. Seyni Dieye, head of the UNODC drug demand reduction programme
Dr. Idrissa Ba, Director of CEPIAD, thanked UNODC for its contribution

 

At the handover ceremony Ms. Seyni Dieye, head of the UNODC drug demand reduction programme in Senegal reiterated UNODC's support to the centre and its patients. 

"Studies have shown that there is a greater vulnerability of drug users during this pandemic. Their declining purchasing power and the constraints that have accompanied curfews affect them in particular. CEPIAD is a centre of reference in West Africa and is often referred to as one of the most comprehensive treatment and care centres for drug use disorders in the sub-region. It is, therefore, our mandate to accompany you as much as possible", said Ms. Dieye.

Dr. Idrissa Ba, Director of CEPIAD, thanked UNODC for its contribution to the well-being of the centre's staff and patients.

"This is a population in a very precarious social and economic situation. It is a highly mobile population. When the curfew and containment measures were announced, we had to think about all the risks involved," said Dr. Ba.

 

 
Methadone (syrop) is prescribed for the substitution treatment of major opiate (heroin) addiction
 
During the pandemic, patients were asked to wait outside and to respect distancing measures

 

The centre also had to stop its rounds due to the lack of personal protective equipment.

"Because of COVID 19, we didn't have any protective equipment, so we stopped our outings. I thank UNODC for its contribution and the donation of PPE made available to us. It will be used for staff and patients," added Dr Ba.

 

 

Protective equipment worth 3,500,000 CFA francs was distributed:

  • Scrubs
  • Soap and hydroalcoholic gel dispensers
  • FFP2 Masks
  • Surgical masks
  • Cartons of hydroalcoholic gels
  • Hand disinfectant cartons
  • Hand washing devices
  • Protective visors
  • Thermo-flash thermometer
  • Paper napkins
  • Gloves
  • Liquid hand soap