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    Parwan drug rehabilitation centre reopens

    CHARIKAR (PAN): A drug rehabilitation centre in central Parwan province reopened on Tuesday after two years of closure, officials said.

    The hospital, run with the help of the Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS), was closed due to a shortage of funds, Governor, Abdul Basir Salangi said.

    Drug addicts from Parwan, Kapisa and Panjsher provinces would be treated at the 20-bed hospital, now funded by the US embassy. The rehab will receive id="mce_marker"20,000 annually.

    Minister of Counter-Narcotics Zarar Ahmad Muqbil said Parwan had been given an amount of one million dollars after becoming a poppy-free province.

    He said 5,500 acres of poppies had been eradicated and 29 rehabs established in the country with financial support from the US embassy. Similar hospitals will be set up in Kabul, Herat, Badakhshan, Nimroz, Kandahar and Jalalabad.

    US Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker promised long-term assistance to the country, saying they would continue to help the ally overcome challenges to the counternarcotics drive.

    Head of the hospital, Dr. Naimatullah, said 20 addicts would be treated simultaneously for three months. There are about 12,000 drug addicts, including women, in the province.