President Faure visits Agency for Prevention of Drug Abuse and Rehabilitation
22 May 2020 | Health
Continuing his visits to key service providers in the country, President Danny Faure visited the two main Centres of the Agency for the Prevention of Drug Abuse and Rehabilitation (APDAR) this morning.
The President visited APDAR’s Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT) Clinic located at English River, where he was shown the facilities by the Staff Nurse, Ms Adelle Sanguiyon. President Faure viewed some of specialised rooms such as the Consultation Room, Session Room, Psychologist’s Office and Coordinator's Room, and also spoke with the staff present about their daily duties.
President Faure also visited the APDAR Headquarters located at KB Emporium in Providence, which houses the APDAR’s Prevention, Education and Research Units as well the Human Resources and Administrative Offices. At the Headquarters, President Faure was able to meet various staff and discuss APDAR’s ongoing work.
Following the tour of the facilities, President Faure met with the APDAR management team and thanked them sincerely for their hard work despite the numerous challenges, saying, “Your work is complex and challenging, and as employees of APDAR, there is often an additional emotional burden from the work that you do. Today I would like to say thank you to you all for your commitment and dedication. Particularly during the restrictions of movement, you continued to work hard on the frontlines of this crisis to maintain the essential service you offer,” said President Faure.
APDAR currently employs 92 full-time staff and 34 staff part-time. The two centres, Headquarters and MAT Clinic, have been in operation since June 2019 and July 2019 respectively.
The President was accompanied on his visit by the Secretary of State for the Prevention of Drug Abuse and Rehabilitation, Dr Patrick Herminie, the Chief Executive Officer of APDAR, Ms Geralda, Desaubin and the Deputy Chief Executive, Ms Marie-Josette Louise.