Director-general of Public Security (DGPS) Major General Saad bin Jassim al Khulaifi has said that the country is safe from illicit drugs as a result of the concerted efforts of the authorities.
Speaking at a function organised by the Permanent Committee for Drug and Alcohol Affairs (PCDAA) on Tuesday, Khulaifi said that this has been enhanced by the training given to drug administration officials, honouring of international obligations on combating drug trafficking and abuse and intensive awareness programmes.
The event, held to honour all those who contributed to the success of the activities of the PCDAA in the last one year, was attended by Director of Customs Department Ahmed Ali al Muhannadi, General-Secretary of Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage Mubarak Nasser al Khalifa, Karwa Chairman Jassim Saif al Sulaiti and representatives of government bodies and organisations.
The DGPS said that the PCDAA made great efforts in reaching out to various segments of the society with its awareness messages. According to him, many seminars, lecturers, courses, cultural contests, exhibitions and preventive educational programmes were organised during the period.
Khulaifi further said that National Strategy for combating illicit drugs was an important initiative in reducing the supply and demand for illicit drugs, adding that the strategy was evaluated each year. Welcoming the guests, Brigadier Mohammed Sultan al Khulaifi, director of medical services department of the ministry of interior, thanked all those who took part in the successful implementation of the second phase of the 2010-2015 national strategy to combat drug abuse and the seventh phase of the national project for creating awareness on the risks of drug abuse.
The director of Customs Department Ahmed Ali al Muhannadi said that the department cooperates with the ministry of interior to crack down on any attempt to smuggle illicit drugs into the country. He also said that the department recently seized 53 kilogrammes of narcotics being smuggle in through the Abu Samra border post hidden in the tyre of a vehicle.
Secretary of the PCDAA Major Ibrahim Mohammed al Sameeh said that the seventh phase of the national project for creating awareness on risks and dangers of illicit drugs was a huge success as it reached out a vast segment of the society.
A film featuring the accomplishments of the PCDAA in the fight against illicit drugs was screened. Kuwaiti singer Jamal Butashi and his sons recited a poem on the repentance of an addict.
source: Qatar Tribune
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