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Another 120 addicts taken to hospital in Kabul

Another 120 addicts taken to hospital in Kabul

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Jan 22, 2019 - 17:11

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): At least another 120 drug addicts were collected from various areas of Kabul and taken to Ibni Sina hospital for treatment by government authorities on Tuesday, an official said.

The addicts were collected from areas falling in the jurisdiction of the 11th police district of Kabul during a joint campaign of the ministries of public healthinfo-icon, social affairs and work, interior ministry and counternarcotics.

Minister of Public Health Firozuddin Firoz told Pajhwok Afghan News that the addicts’ treatment process had improved compared to the past.

He told media persons that the treatment period of addicts had been reduced from three months to 45 days due to their large number.

Firoz thanked former acting Minister of Interior Amrullah Saleh for his latest steps and said using force to shift the addicts to hospitals was not the way to address the issue. He urged the MoI and others organs to jointly cooperate in addressing the issue.

Meanwhile, Hamidullah Nasratzadah, counternarcotics director at the MoI, said 200 drug sellers were detained within the past one week in Kabul city. 

According to Dr. Ahmad Zahir Sultani, addicts’ treatment department official at the Ministry of Public Health, the addicts are treated at 107 centers across the country.

Sultani cited a UN survey that showed 3.5 million people in Afghanistaninfo-icon were dependent on drugs and they included one million womeninfo-icon and children.

Aminullah, who has been using drugs for the past few years, said he had received treatment many times in the past, but failed to quit the habit.

He believed collecting addicts for treatment would not help as long as drugs sellers and dealers were not arrested and the joblessness issue resolved throughout the country.

Pk/ma

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