At least 44 drug rehabilitation centers have been closed in recent months, the Ministry of Public Health said on Monday.
The MoPH cited a lack of medical supplies as the reason for the halted operations. According to the MoPH, previously there were 88 drug rehabilitation centers operating.
“The donors who were offering supporting halted their aid. We now have 44 centers active. There were 16 centers in Kabul, of which only four are active,” said Javid Azhir, a spokesman for the MoPH.
This comes as officials at a 1000-bed hospital for drug rehabilitation called on international health organizations to provide assistance to the Afghan health sector.
“We call on the international organizations to cooperate with us in reactivating the centers and providing us with medicine,” said Abdul Nasir Munqad, head of the hospital.
Ashrafuddin is one of dozens of drug addicts who was brought into the hospital for recovery.
“I want to be with my family as I was before and quit the drugs,” he said.
“I want my life to be better and to be healthy. Drugs will not bring me any benefit,” said Tahir Shahuddin, a drug user.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of the Interior said that it has planned some measures to collect the drug users from the streets and bring them to rehab centers.
“The Interior Ministry plans to collect 20,000 drug users from the city and bring them to the hospitals,” said Abdul Nafay Takor, a spokesman for the MoPH.
According to the available numbers of the MoPH, more than 18,000 men and 4,000 women who were addicted to drugs are in recovery.