40 addicts, some with HIV/AIDS, flee govt-run drug rehab in Raiwand – Pakistan

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LAHORE: Around 40 drug addicts, some of them HIV constructive, escaped from the Roshan Ghar Rehabilitation Centre, Raiwind allegedly due to negligence and mismanagement of the rehab facility’s administration.

An official says a complete 90 addicts picked by well being officers from numerous metropolis areas had been saved in the rehab centre. Most of them had been hooked on medicine like ice, heroin, charas, opium and many others.

He says on Friday, the addicts turned violent, broke furnishings and home windows of the constructing and 40 of them fled the power after damaging its iron gate.

Sources say solely two policemen deployed for the safety obligation on the rehab centre had been unable to regulate the violent addicts.

On being knowledgeable of the incident, the administration instantly referred to as police to overpower the remaining addicts.

Particularly, the escape of the drug customers carrying AIDs set alarm bells ringing for the well being division and different authorities as they might transmit and unfold the illness.

The 110-mattress facility was transformed from a ‘Beggars’ Home’ to drug rehab centre beneath a scheme launched by the Punjab authorities to rehabilitate 10,000 drug addicts in Lahore.

The specialised healthcare and medical training, social welfare and the police departments have been assigned the cost of economic, administrative and safety affairs of the drug rehab.

The official says Roshan Ghar was affiliated with the Jinnah Hospital Lahore to make sure remedy and rehabilitation of the addicts introduced there.The incident passed off a number of days after caretaker Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi visited the rehab centre and inspected the amenities being supplied for the restoration of people struggling with drug habit.

During the go to, Mr Naqvi had pressured the necessity to improve the rehabilitation and remedy providers for drug addicts all around the province and ordered secretaries of social welfare and well being departments to determine extra such centres for rehabilitation of 1000’s of others dwelling on footpaths miserably in the provincial capital.

Caretaker Punjab Health Minister (*40*) Dr Javed Akram confirmed the incident saying that some of the escaped drug addicts have been traced with the assistance of police and different departments.

He says the remaining 50 drug addicts have been shifted to the Institute of Mental Health Sciences and different centres the place they had been being saved in excessive safety.

The minister says managing the power drug addicts throughout their restoration interval is a troublesome job as in the course of the remedy highly effective modifications happen in their thoughts and physique due to withdrawal.

(*40*) Akram says the incident highlights the necessity to evaluation the safety measures at drug rehabs and the remedy means of power addicts.

“I might reiterate my assist for the rehabilitation programme for the drug addicts because the habit has turn into one of many main risk to the way forward for our younger era,” the well being minister says, including that the caretaker authorities has resolved to proceed the scheme in any respect price.

He says the police and the Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) ought to gear up efforts to interrupt the medicine provide chain linked to different provinces.

The arrest of huge drug sellers and suppliers and handing down punishments to them by courts was the one strategy to remove such networks, he provides.

Published in Dawn, August nineteenth, 2023

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