The government has approved the involvement of private parties, both local and international, in operating drug rehabilitation centers across the country. President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu announced this decision during a recent cabinet meeting, following discussions based on a paper submitted by the Homeland Security Ministry.
Abdulla Nazim Ibrahim, the principal secretary to the president on public policy, shared in a press briefing that the cabinet has decided to collaborate with experts to run community-based rehab programs. These centres will operate in line with the laws and regulations of the Maldives and uphold Islamic principles.
The initial phase will see the implementation of the program in three key areas: Velidhoo in N. Atoll, Kaashidhoo in K. Atoll, and an island in L. Atoll. Currently, all drug rehabilitation centres in the Maldives are solely operated by the government. This decision marks a new approach, aiming to address drug-related issues in partnership with private entities while ensuring adherence to the country’s legal and ethical frameworks.