Students visit opium de-addiction centre

LONGDING, Jan 23: A joint team comprising officials of the Longding district administration and student leaders visited the opium de-addiction and rehabilitation centre near the bank of the Tissing river here on Tuesday.
The camp, situated 10 km away from the district headquarters, has 36 patients with 10 dedicated staff.
During the visit, team leader and AAPSU deputy spokesperson Nepha Wangsa appealed to students, NGOs and individuals to support the rehabilitation centre for its smooth running.
Saying that opium addiction has been a curse for the society, he expressed appreciation for Longding MLA Thangwang Wangham for taking the initiative to make the society free from opium.
Longding CO and member secretary of the centre, Longhe Naam informed the visiting team that the centre, which was established on 6 January this year, has two doctors and supporting staff.
“The patients, who are very cooperative, are also recovering fast with the dedicated service of the doctors and their staff,” he said, adding that vocational activities are also being organized for the inmates of the rehabilitation centre.
The visiting team also included members of the Longding District Students’ Union, the Wancho Students’ Union, and college students.
On Monday, members of NGO Zohai Tingsho Hotham had visited the camp, provided ration items, and assured to extend cooperation in the future.