A rehabilitation centre for drug addicts has been built by a local trader in southwestern Nimroz province, where more than 10,000 people are using narcotics, officials said on Saturday.
The three-storey building was constructed by Nazir Ahmad at a cost of five million afghanis in Zaranj. The financier has promised free treatment and food for addicts.
“I want to do something to rehabilitate addicted countrymen. I was shocked beyond description seeing youth lying on streets and humiliated by people,” Ahmad told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Public Health Director Dr. Noor Mohammad Sherzad commended the initiative, saying 300 drug addicts had been transferred from streets to the rehabilitation facility by local police.
He added most of the 10,000 addicts in Nimroz had returned from neighbouring Iran, where they lived as refugees or searched jobs. The director stressed the need for their early rehabilitation.
Mohammad Ismail, 25, said: “I became addicted to drugs in Iran. I have returned to the country and want to be treated.”
Prayer leader Maulvi Aziz Ahmad said saving life meant protecting all mankind. He welcomed Ahmad’s gesture and urged all moneyed individuals to take a page out of his book.