New rehabilitation centers to transform drug addicts into useful citizens: Afridi

ISLAMABAD:Minister for Narcotics Control and SAFRON Shehryar Khan Afridi on Thursday vowed to set up new rehabilitation centers for drug addicts to help transforming the addicts into productive, useful and healthy citizens.

During a surprise visit at Modern Addiction Treatment and Rehabilitation Center (MATRC) Islamabad, he met with over 36 addicts being rehabilitated at the MATRC run by Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) Regional Directorate, said a press release.

The minister had a detailed session with the drug addicts being treated and inquired about the facilities being provided to the addicts.

He expressed great satisfaction over the facilities and rehab process being adopted to transform the drug addicts into productive citizens.

Brigadier Sijeel Haider, Director, International Coordination, ANF headquarters, Islamabad, briefed the minister over the affairs of the MATRC.

Sijeel Haider said that 17,000 patients have been treated at the rehab center which housed 36 beds. The minister was informed that no staff was hired yet and volunteers were operating the hospital.

He said that free treatment was being accorded to the drug addicts. He said the Narcotics Control Ministry had approved construction of new building for rehabilitation center and PC-I has been approved worth Rs 245 million.

Sijeel Haider said the federal government has allocated Rs 50 million for the construction of MATRC.

He said that 55,400 patients have been treated at ANF rehabilitation centers since year 2005. He said that over 25,000 addicts from twin cities have applied for registration at the rehabilitation center but the facility only allowed 36 patients to be admitted.