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Calls for drug rehabilitation centres mark public hearing

Friday, May 17th, 2024 04:00 | By
Budget and Appropriations Committee convened in the Coast region for public hearings on the proposed 2024/2025 Budget estimates. PHOTO/Print
Budget and Appropriations Committee convened in the Coast region for public hearings on the proposed 2024/2025 Budget estimates. PHOTO/Print

The passionate call for infrastructure development among Mombasa residents was unmistakable as the Budget and Appropriations Committee convened in the Coast region for public hearings on the proposed 2024/2025 Budget estimates.

 During the Sh100 million hearings held at the RG Ngala Primary School hall in Mombasa, residents passionately urged the committee to allocate resources for the establishment of public drug rehabilitation centers.

This plea comes in light of the escalating drug menace in the Coastal County, with residents expressing concerns about the lack of government-owned rehabilitation facilities.

 “It is common knowledge that drugs are a problem here in Mombasa, and everyone can see it. Even the deputy president was here a few months ago to address the issue. Our children are turning into zombies because of drugs, yet the government has not set up a rehabilitation center. All the rehabs are private.

The available facilities are just daycares where drug users visit for methadone and then return home. There is a great danger of relapse without close follow-up and monitoring,” explained a concerned participant at the forum.

Earlier this year, Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki announced government plans to establish treatment and rehabilitation centers in all counties to assist drug and alcohol addicts. Kindiki said these facilities would be funded by the national government in partnership with county governments. 

The hearing, marked by frequent interruptions for guidance by the committee leadership, highlighted the need for civic education.

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