DUSHANBE (TCA) — The European Union-funded Central Asia Drug Action Programme (CADAP) late last week handed over specialized medical equipment (medical beds, laryngoscopes, defibrillator, patient monitors, oxygen concentrator, biochemical semiautomatic analyser and others) to the regional narcological centre in Tajikistan’s Kulyab city, the Delegation of the European Union to Tajikistan said.
EU Special Representative for Central Asia, Ambassador Peter Burian took part in the handover ceremony. “We hope that with the provision of the equipment, the assortment and quality of the service provided for the treatment of drug dependence and emergency care to drug users will be significantly expanded,” he said.
Dr. Mahmadrahim Malahov, Director of the Republican Clinical Centre of Narcology and other representatives of the Ministry of Healthcare from the region and local departments of health (Kulyab district, Khatlon region) were also present. They thanked the European Union for providing such essential medical equipment for the regional narcological clinic.
“We are sure that implementation of joint projects in key drug policy directions will increase effectiveness of measures undertaken in reducing drug supply and drug demand and will help us to decrease threats of drug use,” told Dr Malahov.
The medical equipment will be used at the emergency department. It renders specialised narcological help to drug users, such as with overdoses and other drug-related conditions.
CADAP purchased the medical equipment based on official request from the Republican Clinical Centre of Narcology within its Treatment Component, implemented by the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences. The cost of the provided equipment is 41000 Euros.
CADAP 6 represents continuity of the EU policy and long-term engagement with Central Asian partners to help further strengthen their national strategies in drug and drug demand reduction policies. The programme is funded by the European Union and implemented by the Consortium from the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Poland and Germany, led by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.