The initial construction phase of Sihanoukville’s first community-based drug rehabilitation center—which is expected to be able to treat up to 2,000 addicts at a time—will cost about $5 million, although it is still unclear when building will start, an official said.
After visiting the site on Wednesday, Ke Kim Yan, head of the National Authority for Combating Drugs (NACD), said the $5 million would be used to build “infrastructure, roads, drainage, [running] water and electricity,” according to the authority’s Facebook page.
The money will also be used to erect 10 buildings including a hospital, housing for patients and administration offices, he said, adding that the funding was coming from both Cambodian and international donors.
Meas Vyrith, secretary-general of the NACD, said the construction date was yet to be finalized.
Last month, it was announced that the Vietnamese government would invest in the center after leaders from the two countries’ drug control authorities met in Hanoi.
Mr. Vyrith said the NACD had so far raised about $300,000 for the center.
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