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2 uprising commanders treat addicts at personal expense

2 uprising commanders treat addicts at personal expense

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Jan 30, 2017 - 13:48

MAIMANA (Pajhwok): Several drug addicts have been rehabilitated at the personal expense of two uprising commanders in the Balcheragh district of northwestern Faryab province, an official said on Monday.

On the other side, Faryab police collected more than 80 addicts from different parts of Shiberghan, the capital of northwestern Jawzjan province, and kept them in a shelter.

Faryab Public Healthinfo-icon Director Dr. Maroof Samar told Pajhwok Afghan News that upraising commander Abdul Ghafoor had funded the treatment of 50 addicts in Balcheragh. Another uprising commander, Naqibullah Toofan, treated the same number of addicts in Garziwan district.

He said that 60 of the addicts, including 40 from Balcheragh and 20 others from Garziwan, had recovered their health and joined their families. The addicts were treated in consultation and care of health centers of the concerned districts.

However, Samar warned the rehabilitated individuals might replace if they were not provided with work opportunities.

Mohammad Ullah, one of the rehabilitated men, said that he was out of humanity and people viewed him as a bad person when he was using drugs. But he thanked Commander Abdul Ghafoor who helped him in his treatment and turned his life normal.

The Faryab public health director said around 20,000 people were addicted to drugs in the province and more than 5,000 of them were registered. At least 2,000 of them have been treated at the centre. Most of the addicts are youth and those having lived in Iran for work.

On the other hand, Col. Abdul Hafiz Khashi, police chief for Jawzjan, said more than 80 people addicts had been collected by police from different parts of the city. The objective is to treat them at a healthcare centre and curtail their movements.

“The presence of such people has created problems for Shiberghan residents, who are harassed. Picking them from city streets and roads will definitely lead to a decline in robberies,” he remarked.

Public Health Director Dr. Faridoon Habib, said: “We have chosen a shelter for a hundred drug addicts who would be provided with all facilities and treatment.” The addicts would remain under care for 50 days.

Niaz Mohammad, one of the addicts, said: “I am happy being here for treatment. I want to be rehabilitated as soon as possible because I lost my joy and belongings consuming drugs.”

A 50-bed rehab is operational in Shiberghan and a 20-bed centre in Aqcha district of Jawzjan, where more than 400 people, 30 percent of them womeninfo-icon, have been rehabilitated.

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