24 March 2014

Kenya: New Low-Cost Rehab Opened in Kiambu

A rehabilitation centre has been opened in Githunguri subcounty in Kiambu to cater to low income earners. Freedom from Addiction was officially opened on Saturday.

County director of health Beatrice Wanyee said many people are struggling with alcohol addiction but have no help because of the high rates charged in rehabilitation centres.

"We have had many people in Kiambu struggling with alcohol disease and it is a high time that we put more effort in sensitisation programmes to help those with addiction. Affordable rehabs will go a long way in fighting the vice," she said.

"Many families have broken up because of alcohol. And this has led to children being born deformed." The founder and director of the centre, Dr David Karuri, said it was built four years ago but many people shy away for fear of the cost of treatment.

"The rehabilitation centre will be helping those who have no money so that we help many who are in need to come out of their addictions," he said.

Karuri said he saw the need to help many people who are hooked to drug addiction and the response from the community has been overwhelming.

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