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‘Di lahat na-Tokhang! DOH boasts of 8,662 grads from drug rehab program

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By Prince Golez

A total of 8,662 have graduated from the Department of Health (DOH)-managed rehabilitation facilities, the DOH said on Thursday.

“We have 8,662 who have successfully graduated from the various (treatment and rehabilitation centers). Right now, our in-patients are totaling 8,826 for 2018, 17 and 16. This is the total and the aftercare beneficiaries total about 5,450 for the last three years,” Secretary Francisco Duque III said in a briefing in Malacanang.

Duque said of the 1.3 million drug surrenderees, only “.6 to 1 percent” needed in-patient treatment.

Only between “2 and 10 percent” needed outpatient treatment, while 90 percent of the total number of surrenderees were only required community based interventions, he explained.

“Iyong sinabi ko kanina na 8,000, ito iyong mga nag-graduate. Ito iyong mga nanirahan sa ating mga TRCs. Pero karamihan sa kanila, the biggest portion, really they are being manage on an outpatient and also community based interventions being provided to them,” the official said.

At present, the DOH has 53 licensed Drug Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation Centers (DATRCs), both including residential and out-patient facilities, and has 1,484 drug-testing laboratories across the country.

“And as a measure to augment the current number of DATRCs in the country, 11 constructions in different regions are still underway, and where three of those are expected to be completed and operational before 2018 ends. All the other DATRCs are expected to be completed by the last quarter of 2019,” Duque said.