Punjab News Drug de-addiction centres proposed


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Chandigarh, June 27

A drug de-addiction centre will start functioning in every district hospital by the end of this year, Punjab Health Minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla has said. Making a commitment to the people of the state a day after International Day Against Drug Abuse, she said another proposal to start 20 10-bedded drug dependence treatment centres in all district civil hospitals had been sent to the planning board for inclusion in the Annual Plan 2010-11.

The minister reaffirmed the state’s commitment to fight drug menace. She said three de-addiction centres were functioning in state medical colleges at Patiala, Amritsar Faridkot and another seven de-addiction centres were working at district hospitals at Tarn Taran , Kapurthala, Jalandhar, Bathinda, Faridkot, Muktsar and Hoshiarpur.

The minister said 15,113 patients had received treatment at one of these de-addiction centres through their OPDs and 2,421 patients were admitted for de-addiction in 2009 in de-addiction centres set up by the government.

She said the Health Department had commissioned a study on drug abuse in the border districts of Punjab funded by the NRHM Punjab at the cost of Rs 5 lakh which was almost complete.