Guayaquil will have a megacenter against addictions
The Governor of Guayas announced the suspension of the closure of rehabilitation centers, which must be regularized for up to 90 days.
The construction of a rehabilitation complex for people who use drugs in Guayaquil and suspend the closure of centers that function irregularly are part of the actions undertaken by two State institutions to address the problem.
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The announcement was made on Tuesday, January 22, by the Minister of Health, Verónica Espinosa, and the Governor of Guayas, Raúl Ledesma. They presented the operational plan to improve access to mental health services for people with problematic use.
This after the fire occurred in one of these sites that claimed the lives of 18 people. According to Ledesma, the decision to temporarily suspend the closure of the irregular centers is after dialogue with 100 owners, who committed to enter a severe process of administrative, technical and health regularization. “We have agreed to review requirements that we could provide Centers that are not parties will be classified as clandestine and severe sanctions will be applied.”
The process will take between 30 and 90 days so he asked other owners of these spaces to come. He also clarified that controls will continue on behalf of the Agency for Quality Assurance of Health Services (Acess), Ministry of Health, the Fire Department and the Municipality of Guayaquil.
A mega center Minister Espinosa acknowledged that there is an insufficient supply of health services. In this context, he announced the construction of a comprehensive center for the problematic use of alcohol and other drugs is a reality.
He said it after receiving the first assignment to begin the studies of the work. The place, which will receive men and women, will have capacity to serve 7,000 people and will have different modalities: ambulatory, intensive, hospitalization and hospitalization.
The official indicated that its construction will have financing of $ 14 to $ 15 million and that its operation is expected in two years. “It will be the largest complex in the country and will be able to adequately address the demand that exists.”
However, he recalled that there are 12 public rehabilitation centers in the country. He assured that from this week the operational plan will be launched that seeks to capture, either by spontaneous demand or through calls to line 171, young people and adults suffering from consumption to begin detoxification. Also, Ledesma announced that the National Police will work on a program to have drug-free neighborhoods. (I)