Sole hospital for drug addicts ceases to function
MAIDAN WARDAK (Pajhwok): The twenty-bed hospital for drug addicted ceased to function in central Maidan Wardak province, local residents complained on Tuesday.
Amanullah, a resident of the province, told Pajhwok Afghan News the ministry of drug and narcotics had built Wadan Hospital seven months back for addicted persons. The number of drug addicts increased in the province but the rehabilitation centre was not functioning.
Amanullah said: “My brother gets addicted to hashish. I took him to Wadan Hospital but still waiting for his turn to come.”
Zabihulah Fazli, director counternarcotics, noted over 20,000 people addicted to different types of drugs who needed urgent treatment. Wadan offers treatment to only 20 people during the last three months where 2,000 persons were in dire need of treatment, he added.
He said the ministry of drug and narcotics constructed a new hospital which had been handed over to provincial health ministry.
Director Health Ghulam Farooq Mukhlis confirmed the newly built hospital but they were unable to recruit staff because since both governor and the minister concerned were not authorized to hire staff.
Mukhlis ensured he would appoint employees soon after he would get permission from the government.
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