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Church opens deaddiction centre for girls in east Arunachal Pradesh

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Dibrugarh, May 25: In its effort to fight drug and other substance addiction among the youth in Arunachal Pradesh, Miao diocese has opened ‘Auxilium Wellness Centre’, a de-addiction facility for girls and women at Namphai II in Changlang district on May 24, 2023.

Drug menace is a big problem across Arunachal Pradesh and it feeds on the future prospects of the nation, said Bishop George Pallipparambil of Miao diocese.

Leading the inaugural function, he said, “It is a dream-come-true project for all the people of Arunachal Pradesh, especially in the eastern part. We hope this facility for girls will not only bring people out of addiction but also contribute to the overall health of the people all over Arunachal Pradesh.”

According to the latest national survey, the districts of Namsai, Lohit, Dibang Valley, Upper Siang, Anjaw, Tirap and West Kameng are said to be among the 272 worst drug-abuse districts in the country.

Speaking at the function as Chief Guest, Ibom Tao, the Additional Deputy Commissioner of Miao, said, “Drug and opium abuse is destroying our society and this centre is a need of the hour because there are so many addicted people here. Merely arresting them and putting them behind bars is not a solution. This wellness centre will be a great blessing and an asset for the people around.”

The Wellness Centre with all the modern facilities has capacity to treat 45 in-patients for deaddiction. The centre also has day-care facility for alternative therapy, sujok therapy, magnet therapy, acupressure therapy and full-body wellness massage therapy available for both men and women.

Appreciating the Church for this noble effort, Tao said, “The Catholic Church wherever it has reached has contributed to the people with education, social-service and health care. This centre is also an example of how the Church constantly contributes to society building. Public and district administration should help, support and cooperate to ensure smooth functioning of this facility.”

The centre has a small dispensary to cater to the medical needs of the people in the neighbouring villages, especially to pregnant women and children, including health awareness outreach programme.

Sister Alphonsa Kurisingl FMA, the provincial superior of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, who will run the facility, said, “With this centre we commit ourselves to the healing ministry to provide the best care to everyone. Our holistic approach involves working with mind, body and spirit for a complete change in behaviour and attitude that puts patients on the path to a healthy and worthwhile life.”

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