Vice-President Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik laid the foundation stone this morning for a half-way house for recovering addicts in Hulhumale’.
The half-way house would be a place of residence for recovering addicts intended to provide care and support to allow former addicts to begin the process of reintegration with society.
Speaking at the ceremony this morning, Dr Waheed highlighted the government’s efforts to combat drug abuse and trafficking in the Maldives, such as detoxification centres opened in Vili-Male’ and Addu City, including a centre specifically designed for female addicts opened on June 27.
The VP thanked the Health Ministry for undertaking the half-way house project, which is being carried out with assistance from Caritas Italiana, an Italian charity organisation.
Expressing hope for improved services for recovering addicts, the VP revealed that a rehabilitation centre would be opened in Fuvahmulah in the near future.
At the ceremony, Dr Waheed also planted a tree at the half-way house construction site.