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Ghor lacks health facilities to treat drug addicts

Ghor lacks health facilities to treat drug addicts

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Oct 06, 2020 - 15:12

FEROZKOH (Pajhwok): Residents, civil societyinfo-icon activists and Provincial Council members are complaining about of lack of treatment facilities for drug addicts in western Ghorinfo-icon province.

Only a 20-bed hospital to treat drug addicts exists in Ghor where the population of the addicts is about 100,000.

Officials of the Counter-Narcotics Department also acknowledge that a large number of people are addicted to drugs in the province and the 20-bed hospital cannot deal with the situation.

Suhrab Ghafoorzai, a resident of Ferozkoh City, said many social and economic related issues remained unaddressed in Ghor and the issue of drug addicts was the most neglected matter. He said the number of addicts was increasing with each passing day.

“You can see drug addicts in every street and corner. They create many problems for local residents.”

Abdul Aziz Hazrat, another resident, also demanded of the government to pay more attention treatment of drug addicts and called for construction of at least a 100-bed hospital for their rehabilitation.

Abdul RahmanAtshan, deputy head of the Provincial Council, expressed his concern over the increase in the number of drug addicts and lack of facilities for their treatment and said open drug trafficking and relevant activities in the province led to the catastrophe.

“As long as our government does not stop cultivation and trafficking of these substances, these drugs will be sold in the open market. Unfortunately, the government has neglected the issue and does not arrest traffickers.”

He said hundreds of tons of narcotics were transported from the north to the south but there was no one to stop it. “When drugs are easily available, how can you contain the increase in the number of addicts,” he said.

Police spokesperson Abdul MaroofRamish said over 100 robbers were arrested during the on-going year and most of them were drug addicts.

Guma Gul Yaqubi, Public Healthinfo-icon Department Director, acknowledged the lack of heath facilities for drug addicts in Ghor.

He said the treatment of drug addicts in Ghor had no positive result but their department would continue efforts for treatment of addicts in the province.

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