Sindh govt, ANF sign agreement to run two rehabilitation centres

F.P. Report

KARACHI: Sindh Government and Anti Narcotics Force ANF on Monday signed agreement to run 2 drug rehabilitation centres established in Karachi.

Dr. Shereen Mustafa Secretary Social Welfare Department Government of Sindh and Lt Col Anwar Hussain Joint Director ANF signed the agreement in presence of Minister Social Welfare Department Sajid Jokhio and Brigd Viqar Rizvi, Forcecommander, ANF Sindh.
As per the agreement Drug rehabilitation Center being established at Leprosy KMC hospital Manghopir andYouth development Center at Dil both Goth, Malir will be managed by the ANF.

Earlier, Chief Secretary Sindh Dr. Muhammad Sohail Rajput has said that rehabilitation centers for drug addicts will be established throughout Sindh and these institutions will be run under public-private partnership.

He said this today while presiding over an important meeting regarding the establishment of a center for the rehabilitation of drug addicts in Sindh.

Commissioner Karachi Muhammad Iqbal Memon, IG Sindh Ghulam Nabi Memon, Secretary School Education Ghulam Akbar Laghari, Secretary Social Welfare Department Dr. Shereen Mustafa, DG Public Private Partnership Assad Zamin and representatives of Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) participated in the meeting.

It was decided in the meeting that rehabilitation centers for drug addicts will be established in the province, which will be run under public-private partnership. Sindh Chief Secretary Dr. Muhammad Sohail Rajput said that provincial government will provide funds, building and other facilities and the private party will manage the drug rehabilitation centre as per international practices.

“The government will establish the centre and a well-reputed private partner will run it,”. In the meeting, Chief Secretary Sindh Dr. Mohammad Sohail Rajput directed Director General Private Partnership Assad Zamin to prepare all the necessary documents for the purpose.

He said private institutions for the partnership would be provided through a competitive bidding process. Sindh Chief Secretary Dr. Muhammad Sohail Rajput further said that a campaign related to drugs usage will be launched on media and social media to aware masses. He added that they are starting 2 rehabilitation centers with ANF; for which a MoU whas been signed between ANF and Sindh.

He further stated that all other private drug rehabilitation centers of province will be regulated through Sindh Healthcare Commission.
In the meeting, IG Sindh Ghulam Nabi Memon said that police is taking action against drug dealers along with other agencies in the province; all the SSPs of the province have been given the task of taking action against drug dealers.

He further said that a SSP of a district has been given a certificate of appreciation for action against drug dealers while a senior officer is facing department enquiry in this regard.