20-bed hospital for drug addicts opens in Paktika
SHARAN (Pajhwok): A 20- bed rehabilitation centre for drug addicts was inaugurated in Urgon district of southeastern Paktika province on Monday.
Governor Ilyas Wahdat told the inauguration ceremony the hospital took one year time to complete at a cost of 16 million afghanis provided by the US Embassy in Kabul.
He said the number of drug addicts was on the increase and the hospital was built to treat such individuals.
“We will try our best to rehabilitate most of the drug addicts if not all at the new hospital,” he added.
Omar Katawazi, provincial counternarcotics department head, said his department had been a rented house as a hospital for drug addicts.
“Now that we have our own hospital, we can cure these addicts at the best way”, he added.
According to Katawazai, around 14 addicts have been admitted to the new hospital and each of them will be there for three months to be cured properly.
An under treatment addict at the hospital, Esmatullah, told Pajhwok:” I had a shop in Sarobi district and my life was good but one of my friends lured me the use of narcotics.”
“I lost my shop and everything I had, my family didn’t let me enter my house, and then I started begging in the city, until police brought me to this center.”
According to Esmatullah, he has been using drugs and narcotics for one year but he was hopeful that he won’t use the drugs after properly cured.
He said “my only wish is going back home well and living with my children and that no one stop me from entering home again.”
“Insecurity, unemployment and poverty are main reasons why people turn to narcotics,” he added.
He said the population of drug addicts would increase if the government did not prevent the drug trade.
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