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Murang'a drug addicts headed to Nakuru for treatment

Pristone Mambili
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Officials at Jomec enroll youths from Murang'a County at the rehab centre on March 11, 2019. [Source/Pristone Mambili]

John Mututho Empowerment Centre has partnered with the county government of Murang’a towards the rehabilitation of drug and alcohol addicts who will now be enrolled at the rehabilitation centre.

Under the partnership, over 50 addicts will be enrolled for treatment courtesy of Murang’a Governor Mwangi wa Iria.

Already the first batch of 14 addicts from the county was received on Monday.

Speaking when he received the group, Jomec director and immediate former Nacada boss John Mututho commended Governor Mwangi wa Iria for taking the step to ensure addicts are assisted to shun the vice.

He called on other governors to help those affected in their area and admit them at Jomec.

Mututho said the facility has treated over 1500 people.

“We have received a surprise from Mwangi Wa Iria who has sent us a group of 14 youths to be treated of addiction. This is the first batch but we look forward to receiving a total of 50 youths from Murang’a who will be enrolled. We are calling on other counties to emulate the same,” said Mututho.

According to Mututho, the average recovery rate in Kenya out of the 233 rehabs is 2% while at Jomec it stands at 60%.

He says this is an indicator that the centre is doing far better than India which is at 37.5%. He attributes the success to skills employed by the centre.

“Average recovery rate in Kenya out of the 233 rehabs is 2% while at Jomec it stands at 60%.Therefore we are doing far better than India who are at 37.5%,” he said.

However, he decried the delayed payment through the NHIF scheme.

According to the former Naivasha MP, NHIF owes the rehab millions of shillings.

“We have delayed payments from NHIF for over two years but we do not send patients away. We continue offering services with the hope that the government will deal with the corrupt cartels at the NHIF,” said Mututho.

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