Special Assistant to Chief Minister on Information, Barrister Muhammad Ali Saif has said that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government will launch a decisive drive for rehabilitation of drug addicts across the province from July 19.
He said that KP Chief Minister Mahmood Khan has convened an important meeting on July 19, to launch a decisive crackdown against drug mafia in the province. He expressed these views on Friday in a meeting chaired by Peshawar Division Commissioner, Riaz Mehsud to review progress of campaign, launched to make Peshawar a drug free city. The Special Assistant to Chief Minister, Barrister Saif attended the meeting as a special participant. The meeting was informed that since launching of ‘Drug Free Peshawar Campaign’ 50 days ago, a total of 1188 drug addicts, including 13 women were taken into custody and their treatment – rehabilitation, is underway in various rehabilitation centres.
While briefing the meeting, it was informed that 139 patients out of 143 patients detected HIV AIDS positive, and were being treated in Islamabad, while four people were being treated at Lady Reading Hospital (LRH) in Peshawar. The concerned authorities have traced families of 281drug addicts aged between 15 to 51 years. The meeting was further informed that about 700 to 800 drug addicts were still in streets for whom accommodation capacity was being created in the rehabilitation centres. He said that Peshawar commissioner will hold meeting with representatives of industrialists and KP Industry department on July 18 to provide decent employment opportunity to people recovered from drug addiction. He also said that awareness seminars in universities, colleges and schools would be held at the end of summer vacation.
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