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Ha Noi opens rehab centres for drug addicts

Update: January, 28/2015 - 14:49
In 2014, as many as 2,300 drug addicts were treated with the methadone method in six local centres. — Photo VNA
HA NOI (VNS) — Two rehabilitation centres offering the methadone treatment method for drug addicts were opened at the HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Centre and Hospital 09 in Ha Noi yesterday.

The new centres are part of the city's plan to launch 11 treatment facilities to accommodate 8,500 people by February this year, said Nguyen Khac Hien, director of the municipal department of health.

Infrastructure facilities, equipment procurement and staff training are also part of the programme's priorities, Hien added.

In 2014, as many as 2,300 drug addicts were treated with the methadone method in six local centres, helping them to reintegrate with the community.

Currently, Hospital 09 cares for nearly 400 HIV/AIDS patients who are receiving antiretroviral (ARV) therapy. Roughly 70 to 80 per cent of the patients are former drug addicts and are struggling to follow the strict treatment schedule.

The new facilities will help ensure the effectiveness of the treatment, while easing the financial burden on HIV patients and their families. — VNS

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