Considered to be one of the first doctors in Malta to work relentlessly in providing help and support to drugs victims, the work of Dr Maria Sciberras was recognised and commemorated at the closure of a conference marking the 25th year of foundation of the Sedqa Agency on the International Day Against Drugs Abuse and Drugs Trafficking.
Dr Maria Sciberras was described as a woman of steel but having a heart of gold. She was a pioneer in the treatment of drugs abuse which led to the establishment of a Detox Centre at St Luke’s Hospital.
President George Vella described Dr Sciberras as a person who persevered in her work with drugs victims. He said she spoke in language they understood and tried to instil in them recognition that they were stronger than the vice that was commanding them. President Vella had words of praise for those who followed in her footsteps to continue fighting against the social scourge of drugs.
The Minister for the Family and Solidarity, Michael Falzon, said the Government is committed to further investing in the fight against drugs abuse problems. Dr Falzon said the Drugs Rehabilitation Centre for Youths under the age of 18 will be completed by next year. He urged the Government and the Opposition to tow the same line in this sphere.
The Opposition Spokesperson for Social Solidarity, Claudio Grech, expressed his appreciation of the work carried out by the Foundation for Safeguarding the Social Services of Drugs Victims. He said the community can never be passive against the misery that such abuse creates and that there is a further need to address the problem of the stigma that may lead persons feeling prejudice to once more resort to taking drugs.