Punjab intensify setting up of de-addiction and rehabilitation centers
A high level delegation of the Punjab Government yesterday visited Badal village to inspect arrangements and availability of proper infrastructure to start rehabilitation center for drug addicts. The delegation was led by Mrs. Vinne Mahajan, Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, who was accompanied by Special Principal Secretary to CM, Mr. KJS Cheema, Secretary Health Mr. Vikas Garg and Specialist from PGI Chandigarh Dr. Avasthi and Dr. Wasu.
said that they were visiting 6 districts of the state on the
directions of Punjab Chief Minister to examine and explore the
infrastructure available to start rehabilitation centers with
immediate effect. She said that the government had accelerated
the work to establish rehabilitation centers, one in each district
after providing free treatment of drug addicts to bring them in
that the high level team is on visit to Patiala, Bathinda, Sri
Muktsar Sahib, Amritsar, Ludhiana
and SBS Nagar districts to access
the available infrastructure to start rehabilitation centers as early
as possible. Treatment facilities will also be made available in all
district in drug de-addiction centers and OPD services as well in all
the Community Health centers (CHC) across the state by specially
trained doctors, she added. She further said that approximately 8000
drug addicts are visiting daily for their treatment.
Principal Secretary to CM, Mr. KJS Cheema said that 10 bedded
de-addiction centers are already functional at Civil Hospital, Badal
and Malout in district except OPD facilities at 5 CHCs. He said that
50 bedded rehabilitation center will start functioning very soon at
Civil Hospital Badal.
He said that the
government is fully committed to control the evils of drug addiction
from the state and to bring drug addicts back into society's
mainstream, and 22 rehabilitation centers will be established in the
state. He said that proper counseling, sports, religious activities
will be provided in these centers.
He said that
short term skill development courses will also be provided in these
rehabilitation centers to make them economically self independent.
After the treatment in drug de-addiction centers patients will stay
in these rehabilitation centers from 2 to 6 months as per their
psychological condition, he added.
The team also
visited the drug de-addiction center. There were a number of other
prominent persons who were present during the occasion.