Rehab provision for Women dealing with substance abuse First on Agenda: Ampareen

Shillong, July 1: Congress MLA and re-elected Chairperson of the Assembly Committee for Empowerment of Women, Dr M Ampareen Lyngdoh on Wednesday, informed that the first agenda on her list would be highlighting the need of provisions for women dealing with substance abuse.

“There is no rehab provision for substance abuse specific for women. This will be one of the first agendas that I will put forward. It’s a common dysfunctional problem in the community today. It’s not only men who are affected by substance abuse,” she stated.

Dr Ampareen stated that she will revisit all hospital facilities, CHCs and PHCs in the state to inspect their facilities, especially in regards to treatment of women related illness, maternity wards, Labour rooms etc.

She also said that she will be looking into all quarantine centres in Meghalaya and check whether they have done justice to ensure the safety and security of women and if the centres have the required facilities for women.

On being re-elected, Dr Ampareen said that she is privileged to be chairing the committee for a second term. “I feel very privileged that I have been re-elected as the Chairperson. It is a very important Assembly Committee, the empowerment of women committee,” she said.

The MLA from East Shillong said committees act as a watchdog in a democracy and it gives them an opportunity to highlight some of the important agendas and concerns that will impact the lives of the people.

“It is a platform for me as a woman to talk about the agendas that women have in case the government on hindsight misses an important concern. The committee can allow the government to focus on the empowerment of women,” she said.

“Despite being in the opposition, we still have a platform for ourselves to call the attention of the government on so many facilities that need to be provided to the people, to ensure they are functioning, so this has been a learning experience,” she added.

Dr Ampareen said that in the last year, the committee took up several issues that were pertinent to women as well as children. “We took up cases with the health department where we talked about the mortality rate, women rights, inspected facilities for women in distress across the state,” she stated. 

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