Nyaope addicts in Tembisa moved to rehab centres

THE City of Ekurhuleni has relocated 39 nyaope addicts in Tembisa to registered, nationally recognised rehabilitation centres.

Ekurhuleni executive mayor Clr Mzwandile Masina came across the Skeem National Rehabilitation Centre in Vusimuzi Section during his Siyaqhuba service delivery programme on July 7.

He was shocked by the conditions and impressed by the commitment of the young people and their managers. He instructed officials to assist them with registration.

While efforts were made to assist the centre with mattresses, groceries and other necessities needed, it was further discovered that the facility did not meet the national standards to be registered as a rehabilitation centre.

Subsequently, officials from the city’s health and social development department, along with provincial social workers, engaged parents and management from Skeem National Rehabilitation Centre to make arrangements for patients to be taken to legally and appropriately run government centres.

After the risk factors of operating an illegal centre were discussed and agreements reached, the patients were moved to House of Mercy, View Point, Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, Westview Clinic, Horizon SANCA, Life Recovery Randfontein and Wertpoort rehabilitation centres where they will receive treatment and support.

The Skeem National Rehabilitation Centre’s management team will also receive training facilitated by the provincial department of social development as well as the City of Ekurhuleni’s social workers at Rabasotho Hall.

Anyone who needs assistance with drug addiction can contact their nearest customer care centre where there is a resident social worker to assist.

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