Nyandarua County/Nacada in joint pact to start rehabilitation center for drug addicts
Ndemi Health Center in Kipipiri Sub-County will be expanded to accommodate a rehabilitation center for drug addicts that will be put up jointly by Nyandarua County Government and the National Agency for the Control and Drug Abuse (Nacada)
The decision was arrived at yesterday following a meeting in Ol’Kalou town between Nyandarua Governor H.E. Daniel Waithaka Mwangi and Nacada chairman, Hon. John Mututho.
The meeting was attended by Nacada Chief Executive Officer Dr. William Okendi, the regional manager for Central/Eastern Mr. James Macharia and the national manager in charge of treatment and rehabilitation Mr. George Murimi.
The County side was also represented by Hobn. George Kimani (Attorney and Inter-governmental relations), Hon. Dr. Peter Macharia (Health), Hon. Peter Macharia (Education, Youth and Social Services) and several chief officers.
Mututho and his officials later toured Ndemi Health Center accompanied by the County Ministers and certified the institution as ideal for the rehabilitation work.
He said Nacada and the County Government planned to rehabilitate over 7,000 drug addicts those affected by alcohol abuse in the next two years.
“This is a major project and we expect that over 7,000 youths will be rehabilitated during the next two years,” said Nacada chairman.
He urged Nyandarua leaders to identify victims of drug abuse and announced the center will be up and running in the next one month. He added that some 456 people died from drug-related complications in Kenya during the past year.
Speaking earlier, the Governor said his administration will avail funds to carry out the project in partnership with Nacada adding that those affected will be rehabilitated free of charge.
He said Nyandarua County had the necessary infrastructure to undertake the rehabilitation of individuals affected by drugs from within the county and neighbouring areas.