Benazir Shaheed ANF Model Addiction and Treatment and Rehabilitation Center (BSMATReC) was established by the Sindh government as a 50-bed hospital for men in Lyari. About 500,000 rupiah is provided in the form of a grant to pay for the salaries of the staff and for other expenditures. However, the hospital requires upgrading through additional beds and rehabilitation facilities for females.
Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has allocated 45 million rupiah for the upgrading of BSMATReC and to finance the construction of a similar rehabilitation center in Sukkur. Building another rehabilitation center in Sukkur is very important to provide for the needs of northern and southern Sindh. According to DG, the Sindh government has already given a piece of land, and all that it needs is 5 million rupiah to be able to construct the center.
The government has also committed funds for the payment of the rehabilitation of drug addicts by the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF). Shah made the decision after conferring with ANF Director General Major General Nasir Dilawar at the CM House last Wednesday.
After the completion of the rehabilitation center, there will be 150 beds instead of the previous 100 and hospital will no longer suffer from shortage of funds. Shah has already approved 40 million rupiah for the completion of the project and he has promised to double the monthly grant from half a million rupiah to 1 million.
The fund for the construction of the rehabilitation center will be coming from Chief Minster Shah’s special funds. Shah wants construction work to start immediately so that rehabilitation centers can be provided. Rehabilitation through private centers is quite expensive and cannot be afforded by most people who are suffering from addiction.
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