KARACHI:An important meeting on rehabilitation of drug addicts was held under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Sindh Syed Mumtaz Ali Shah here on Thursday at Sindh Secretariat.

The meeting was attended by Commissioner Karachi Naveed Ahmed Sheikh, Additional IG Special Branch Ghulam Nabi Memon, Health Secretary Kazim Jatoi, Secretary Social Welfare and various deputy commissioners. The meeting decided to set up institutions for the rehabilitation of drug addicts.

The Chief Secretary said that those institutions would be run under public-private partnership. The Sindh government will provide all the facilities including fund and buildings while the private institutions will take over the management of these institutions, the meeting was told.

He directed the Director Public Private Partnership to prepare all the necessary documents and said that those institutions would be provided through competitive bids. During the meeting, Deputy Commissioners Keamari, West and Central identified various government buildings where those institutions could be set up after formal approval.

Shah said that drug addicts are also a part of the society and their rehabilitation needed attention. He added that rehabilitation of drug addicts would reduce street crimes and all existing institutions would be required to provide uniform treatment and technical training and such institutions will be registered under Sindh Health Care Commission. It was informed in the meeting that drug addicts are given a three-month course but due to unemployment they become addicted again.