Saudi Gazette – Mon, Mar 9, 2015
Deputy Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Naif, second deputy premier and minister of interior, has approved a framework of rules for the establishment of private hospitals to rehabilitate drug addicts, Al-Jazirah newspaper reported.
The ministries of interior and health have also given the go-ahead to set up controls for establishing the private rehabilitation hospitals and centers.
The aim is to provide the best curative services and rehabilitation programs to support government hospitals in the treatment of addicts.
A spokesman for the National Committee for Combating Drugs, of which Prince Muhammad is also chairman, said these measures confirm the concern of the ministers of interior and health for addicts and their desire to facilitate their treatment and rehabilitation.
He said the committee’s treatment and rehabilitation committee would work with specialists at the Ministry of Health to implement the criteria for issuing permits to set up rehabilitation hospitals and centers.
In a related development, Director-General of Mental Health at the Ministry of Health Dr. Abdulhameed Al-Habib disclosed that 40,000 people visited rehabilitation clinics in the Kingdom in one year.
Twenty percent of these were teenagers while 60 percent were suffering from psychiatric diseases. Of these, 10 percent were women, Alsharq daily reported.