DPTC Sensitization Training for Traditional Leaders in Bwari Area Council, Abuja: January 22nd and 23rd, 2019
The Mandate Health Empowerment Initiative (MHEI) in partnership with UNODC had another batch of Drug use, Dependency Prevention, Treatment an care (DPTC) training for the Traditional Ruler within Bwari Area counsel Abuja. The training which is aimed at sensitizing traditional ruler on the use of drug and care for drug user in their communities.
The DPTC sensitization training for religious leaders within Bwari Areas Council, Abuja had in attendance 26 participants who are Districts and Village heads. The leaders were able to learn from trainers who made use of the local dialect (Hausa) during the 2-days training. Participants’ knowledge was enhanced, particularly on the issue of criminalizing young people who are drug users. They also had the understanding on why drug users do not seek for help due to the associated stigma of drug users and their family. The traditional rulers were trained on the necessary steps to help a drug user and were encouraged to take drug users as their own, bring them close and assist drug user in their endeavor to stop the drug uses.
After the training, the traditional rulers pledge to step down the knowledge gained in their various communities while calling the government in Bwari Area Council to invest in a unique approach of getting help and treatment for young people who are having drug use problems.