Training for field interviewers for national survey on substance use launched in isles

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ROOPA LALL
Port Blair
16 Jan 2018

Regional Resource and Training Centre, RRTC South – I, TTK Hospital, Chennai in collaboration with All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre and National Institute of Social Defence under the aegis of Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Govt. of India launched a four-day state level training on mapping and listing for field interviewers of Andaman and Nicobar Islands for the National Survey on Extent and Pattenr of Substance use in India on Tuesday. Ms. Reshma Mallick, Regional Operational Manager, NDUS/Co Ordinate RRTC South I, Mr Ashok Biswas, Nodal Officer, A & N Islands, Dr. Arun Kandaswamy, Technical Trainer, NINHANS, Bangalore, Mr Vijay Mular (ITDC), New Delhi, Ms. Priyanka, RTA representative, Mr. Amitabh Mitra, Census Department, Ms. Subhamani and Ms Protima Banerjee, Municipal Councillor were present at the inaugural function.      
In her address, Ms. Reshma Malick said that the survey is aimed at assessing the population using substance and the number of people dependent on drugs. “We have partnered with NDDTC and AIIMS for the survey which will also be involve Medical Officers from different parts of the country. The survey will have components like House Hold Survey (HHS), (RDS), Focus dramatic service etc. The function today marks the launch of the HHS component. During the four days, participants will be trained on Mapping and Listing Processes,” she informed.
“In Andaman & Nicobar Islands, altogether 198 PSUs will undertake the household survey and mapping under the guidance and supervision of State Project Coordinator, Ms. Sushma Pandey and Nodal Officer, Mr Ashok Biswas. Regional Resource of Research Centre (RRRC). All the 40 participants will undertake the project in different parts of these islands, which include 128 PSU in South Andaman, 59 in North & Middle Andaman and 19 in the Nicobar region and will submit the final report within a period of four months,” she added.
The Nodal Officer, Mr Ashok Biswas said that a series of awareness programmes were conducted last years as part of the survey in schools, colleges, Panchayats etc to generate awareness and inform people about the ills of substance abuse. “People in these islands are badly affected by substance abuse and more than 80 cases are registered for alcohol consumption, 70 percent accounts for accident besides causing family disputes. Even school going children have been found to be addicted to different kinds of drugs. We expect our volunteers to reach out to the grassroot level and submit a comprehensive report for the crucial survey,” he said. Ms. Subha Mani proposed the vote of thanks.