Mass mobilisation needed against drug addiction: Ghani
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday stressed the need for mass mobilisation to arrest growing drug addiction, saying the issue should be addressed as one of the big challenges facing Afghanistan.
The president expressed the views during the inauguration of a rehabilitation and vocational training centre for 1,500 drug addictsin Kabul.First Lady Rula Ghani, ministers and representatives of donor countries were also in attendance.
Ghani commended efforts by his first vice-president and the ministry concerned to ensure the in-time inauguration of the rehab centre. He also thanked addicts and their families for their courage to accept the problem and approach the facility.
The president said the facility had been named as Centre for Rehabilitation and Hope because a drug addict lived a dark and hopeless life. He promised eradicating the use of drugs and giving addicts a new lease of life.
Ghani held drug producers, processors and traffickers responsible for ruining the lives of three million addicts in the country. Like poverty, addiction to drugs should be eliminated on war footing, he stressed.
Addressing cabinet members, the president said: “It’s due to your efforts that this rehabilitation centre has been set up to treat addicts. Similar efforts are required against corruption and the misuse of national resources.”
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