Napa first MP to take drug test

Wednesday August 14, 2019 Written by Published in Health
Member of Parliament Selina Napa holding the sample bag that contained bottles of a urine test for drug abuse. 19081301 Member of Parliament Selina Napa holding the sample bag that contained bottles of a urine test for drug abuse. 19081301

She walked into the Rarotonga Hospital leading by example, as she became the first Member of Parliament to undergo a drug test, at her own will.

 

While a government MP says that a women’s dignity is at stake if they go for a drug test, Selina Napa, the Demo’s politician and Titikaveka representative says people are watching government officials in this fight against drugs and what better way than to show the people “you are clean”?

She said: “If people see we are clean, drug clean, they will have a greater belief in us leading the country.”

At the hospital, it was later revealed that Napa is the first person, and first MP to ever want a drug test done or to have a drug test at all.

However, thinking that this would be a simple blood test, Napa was advised by the Director of Hospital Health Services Dr Yin Yin May that it was impossible to have her bloods taken.

Dr May explained to her that this was the first time for the hospital to have a drug test done for patients or generally, even though it has been done for athletes.

She further explained that a blood test was impossible as they would have to send the samples on a plane to New Zealand immediately.

“Which is impossible,” Dr May said.

She explained that the MP had to take a urine test as a drug abuse test.

Dr May added that this would be sent to New Zealand as they had to freeze the two bottled samples first.

Napa said she took a drug test in the past when she was an athlete, where they were randomly selected and she understood the procedures as she was part of the Oceania Anti-Doping Organisation before becoming an MP.

Meanwhile, Napa says no MP has come forward to get on board with this initiative. “But the choice is theirs to make,” she said.

Napa took Tonga as an example where more than 250 people were arrested last month as the Tongan police launched its war against methamphetamine- 30 kilogrammes of methamphetamine was seized.

“I’m not saying we are like Tonga, but the implication now is that this stuff is coming into the country via government officials, MPs - how do we know it’s not coming through government officials?

“So by taking the charge and leading the charge to say we are free and clean, not responsible for these things coming into the country, the country will feel a lot safer, the country will feel a lot more resilient and free of drugs.”

She said she hoped to see her fellow colleagues follow suit.

“At the end of the day it is up to them. At the end of the day we have to be held accountable to our people. What we are doing is for the good of our nation and the people.”

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