|Doctors deliver health examination for drug addicts at a rehabilitation centre. — VNA/VNS Photo
HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam will upgrade 38 rehabilitation centres with more than 500 people each as 30 regional compulsory rehabilitation centres across the country.
This is part of a plan by the Ministry of Labour, Invalid and Social Affairs for the reorganisation of the rehabilitation network till 2020, with a vision towards 2030.
Deputy Minister Nguyen Trong Dam said at a recent workshop, which discussed the plan that the reorganisation was necessary to diversify rehabilitation models, including compulsory and voluntary ones, and to improve the quality of rehabilitation services.
"The move also aims to help drug addicts access different types of rehabilitation services and better reintegrate with the community," he said.
The revised rehabilitation network was expected to serve all drug addicts whose compulsory rehabilitation was ordered by the People's Court.
Viet Nam has 123 rehabilitation centres overseen by the departments of labour, invalid and social affairs, People's Committees at the district level or the Youth Union.
Under the plan, 43 centres having less than 500 people each will become either voluntary rehabilitation or social welfare centres.
Forty-two other centres will become multi-functional centres that will offer both compulsory and voluntary rehabilitation by 2020.
The public security ministry reported there were more than 204,000 drug addicts in the country. They are usually in key economic, tourist and border provinces such as HCM City, Ha Noi, Dien Bien and Son La, as well as Hai Phong, Nghe An, Thanh Hoa and Thai Nguyen. — VNS