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Minister Osmani, UNODC head discuss addiction challenges in Afghanistan

By: The Kabul Times

KABUL: Acting Minister of Public Health, Dr. Ahmad Jawad Osmani met with Mark Colhun, Afghanistan’s head of the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC) here in his office yesterday, a statement said.

Both sides discussed addiction challenges in Afghanistan, boosting community support programs, integration of treatment programs in health care delivery packages and the provision of treatment services for addicts in the rural villages and towns, the statement from Ministry of Public Health said yesterday.

Meanwhile, Mark Colhun, UNODC head in Afghanistan shared his views and suggestions regarding the training programs and treatment of the addicts across the country, adding that his agency was ready to further extend cooperation in this area, according to the statement.

Thanking the officials of the UNODC in Afghanistan for their technical cooperation in reducing the demand for drugs, Minister Osmani requested the agency to prepare a comprehensive plan and in close coordination with national experts across the country, to improve treatment services for addicts, the statement concluded as saying.

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