Rehab Centre’s Application Postponed

THE Windhoek municipality has delayed an application to build a rehabilitation centre, despite the fact that it issues 12 liquor licences per month.

An application dated 10 June 2013 was received from Elmarie Du Toit planning consultant to use Hillside for ‘institutional’ purposes.

The centre is intended to be established in the Brakwater area and will cater for abused and traumatised patients with alcohol and drug addiction problems.

Khomas Liquor Licence Committee is giving out 12 licences per month on average in Windhoek, and has issued about 85 since January.

The liquor committee that sits once a month, consists of representatives from the Ministry of Health and Social Services, Khomas Regional Council, Namibian Police and consumer and lobby groups. Liquor licences are issued to shebeens, restaurants, hotels, bottle stores, clubs and wholesalers.

City of Windhoek manager for corporate communications and customer care Joshua Amukugo said the application was still under consideration and had not been turned down.

Amukugo pointed out that it has just been postponed because of various delays but that it had not been denied.

He said the area was being surveyed, so that it could be developed in an ordinary township format.

“It’s postponed just for orderly development in the area. There is nothing wrong with the application,” Amukugo said.

The motivation submitted to the City for the centre application pointed out that it is important for a rehabilitation centre to be homelyresidential in nature and to make patients feel at home and contribute to the treatmentrogrammes that are presented.

“The natural environment also provides an atmosphere of peace and quiet, which is important for the recovery of patients,” the motivation read.

The motivation further said substance abuse is an ever-increasing problem in Namibia, and that there are not many centres for people to go to as the existing ones often have long waiting lists.

In response to the application, minutes contained in the municipal council book gave several recommendations, amongst them “that the applicant take note that no municipal services are available on the proposed land”.

It furthermore indicated “that a professional consultant be appointed to propose an acceptable waste water disposal system, subject to “that no pollution of ground water occur. That there be no health risk to the users and the surrounding residents. All the costs involved be for the applicants’ own account,” recommendations read.

It also recommended that the rehabilitation centre be registered with the Ministry of Health and Social Services.

The centre will cater for a maximum of 10 patients, who will be admitted for a period of 28 days. The rehabilitation will be focused on a residential rehabilitation programme.

A residential rehabilitation programme involves living at a facility while undergoing intensive counselling and other treatment during the day, normally for a period of 30 to 90 days.

The program is voluntary and a patient must first admit that there is a problem and consult a medical practitioner to be recommended to the programme.

It is expected that there will be five permanent staff members and that only caretaker and security will reside on property.

Source : The Namibian