Islamabad: 7 th May 2018
H.E. Mr. Takashi Kurai, Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan, on Monday, 7 th May 2018
inaugurated a treatment and rehabilitation center for drug addicts in the District
Gujranwala, Punjab. The Government of Japan has contributed US$ 83,040 to Mian
Afzal Trust Hospital– a Non-Governmental Organization, striving to prevent drug use
and providing rehabilitation services for affected children and adults.
The inauguration ceremony was also attended by the NGO’s representatives,
government officials and members of local communities.
The financial assistance from the Government of Japan was essential for Mian Afzal
Trust Hospital to expand its rehabilitation services to women and children in the area.
Previously, the 125-bed Trust hospital in Gujranwala had provided rehabilitation
services for male drug users only. Now, with the new funding from the Government of
Japan, the Trust has equipped its hospital with an additional 20-bed treatment facility
which will be used exclusively by women and children.
Working since 2001, Mian Afzal Trust Hospital has expanded its outreach to a number
of districts in Punjab province, where it provides services aimed at reduction of drug
use, prevention of HIV/Aids and treatment of male, female and child drug users.
H.E. Mr. Takashi Kurai, in his speech at the inaugural ceremony, commended the
efforts of Mian Afzal Trust on successful completion of the project. He stressed upon
the need of consistent efforts to provide quality rehabilitation services for drug users so
that they actively participate in the development of the country. He also expressed his
hope that this project would not only contribute to improving the lives of drug addicts
but also strengthening the existing friendly relations between the people of Japan and