Tuesday, 26 October, 2021
E-paper

Oasis

A ray of hope for drug addicts

A ray of hope for drug addicts

Oasis, a 60-bed rehabilitation centre constructed under supervision of Bangladesh Police, is equipped to help drug addicts get back to normal life through proper counseling and treatment.   

The completely non-profitable rehabilitation centre, which is located at Bashundhara Riverview Project in South Keraniganj on the outskirts of the capital, is likely to be launched on October 2.  

Police claimed the centre as the international standard and the most modern one in the country.  Dhaka Range’s Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Habibur Rahman is supervising the first ever such project in the country.

Additional SP AFM Nizam Uddin, also staff officer to the DIG, told the Daily Sun that the centre is likely to be launched on October 2.  Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr Benazir Ahmed said, “Oasis has been established to provide treatment for drug addicts in a beautiful and aesthetic atmosphere aiming to help them come back to normal life.”  

Police said wrong treatment and torture in the rehab centres across the country had prompted the police force to take an initiative to found the centre.

The centre has ultramodern Gas Chromatography, a test machine. At present, the rehab centres in the country collect urine for dope test. But the Gas Chromatography can carry out dope test through collection of urine and hair, and through nose.

Now, dope test has to be carried out within three days of taking drugs, but the Gas Chromatography can detect these even after 120 days.  The seven-storey centre, which will remain open round the clock, has 60 beds in 22 rooms. Of these, 46 beds in 16 rooms are for men while 14 beds in six rooms are fixed for women. 

There are 28 double cabins, 15 triple cabins and 15 beds in a general ward. Besides, there are six general triple beds. All the wards are air-conditioned but the general ward.

Taking suicidal tendency of drug addicts into consideration, special fans have been set up in the rooms instead of ceiling fans to stop suicidal incidents. None can commit suicide in bathrooms as there are no locks. Magnet is used to close the bathroom doors while special plastic pipes have been installed with the showers in place of iron rod aiming to prevent suicide.

There are the arrangements of physical exercises, meditation, indoor games, books and others for the patients.

The number of manpower of the rehabilitation centre is 85 while of them, a SP is now performing the duty of a director.