Egypt’s Minister of Social Solidarity Nevin El-Kabbaj visited Fayoum governorate, on Monday, to open a new centre providing free addiction treatment.
The centre is expected to serve 4,000 patients annually, and includes 9 beds for drug withdrawal, and 22 beds for rehabilitation. It also features a meeting room for psychological and social rehabilitation, group therapy, a dining hall, and a sports rehabilitation area.
The inauguration of the Addiction Treatment Centre in Fayoum comes as the first governmental centre in the governorate to provide free addiction treatment services according to international standards. The rate of substance abuse in Fayoum Governorate is approximately 3% in the 12-60 age group.
During her inspection visit, El-Kabbaj met Fayoum Governor Ahmed Abdullah Al-Ansari to discuss ways to enhance joint cooperation between the ministry and the governorate.
She reviewed the implementation of national initiatives in the governorate, in addition to small and micro projects which aim to provide a decent life for low-income and vulnerable families.
The minister expressed her appreciation of Al-Ansari’s efforts, noting that her ministry is carrying out a number of programmes and projects in Fayoum. These are running alongside the development of industrial establishments in a range of sectors, including the manufacture of paper, grain mills and mineral water factories which depend on agricultural products and manpower.
El-Kabbaj said that the governorate is distinguished by the presence of many productive units which the government seeks to exploit through the Forsa (“Opportunity”) programme, to provide job opportunities for citizens.
The minister explained that in 2020, about 90,804 patients had benefited from addiction treatment nationwide, and 20% of these patients have recovered.
As part of her visit to Fayoum governorate, El-Kabbaj also visited Al Saida village, where she delivered a number of houses for families affected by the floods.