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Captain Amarinder Singh Announces Free Treatment At State-Run Centres For Poor Drug Addicts

Promises To Take Up With Pm Issue Of Inter-State Drug Trafficking To Check Supply Into Punjab



5 Dariya News

Chandigarh , 10 Jul 2018

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday announced free treatment for poor drug addicts at all state-run de-addiction centres, and  also ordered the police not to harass addicts or their families in any way.Chairing a high-level meeting of Civil Surgeons, Medical Superintendents and  Principals of the Government Medical Colleges here at Punjab Bhawan this afternoon, the Chief Minister directed his Chief Principal Secretary to  ensure that the necessary funds for free treatment are immediately placed at the disposal of the concerned deputy commissioners.If more funds were  needed, he would sanction the same from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund, said Captain Amarinder Singh, while directing the Health Department to  explore the possibility of seeking financial aid from reputed national and international health organizations, besides engaging with NGOs already  working to fight drug abuse.Noting that drug trafficking was an inter-state problem, of which Punjab was the biggest victim, Captain Amarinder Singh  said that he would personally take up the issue with the Prime Minister and urge him to intensify Centre's efforts to prevent the entry of drugs and  narcotics into Punjab from the adjoining states of Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir. IG (STF) informed the meeting  that there was a provision under the NDPS Act for seeking funds from the Centre to supplement the State's efforts to fight the drug menace. In  response, the Chief Minister asked the Health Minister to take up the issue with the Union Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment.The Chief Minister  also underlined the need to keep a strict vigil over the nefarious activities of some foreign students, especially of African origin, who were studying in  private institutions, colleges and universities, and were reportedly into drug smuggling and peddling. He asked the management of these institutions to  crack down on such students.Responding to another demand raised in the meeting, Captain Amarinder Singh asked the Health Department to work out  the modalities, in consultation with the Transport Department, for extending the facility of free travel to the poor drug addicts along with one attendant  each in government busses for travel to the nearby de-addiction centres, on the lines of cancer patients.The Chief Minister took serious note of reports  of police probing the antecedents of drug addicts taking admission in drug-addiction centres. He directed ACS Home to issue strict orders against entry  of any police official into the centres.Captain Amarinder Singh underscored the need to crack down on unscrupulous chemists who were openly  supplying countermand drugs and medicines by flouting all the prescribed norms and asked the Health Minister to convene a meeting of chemist  associations to discuss ways to put an end to such unlawful practices. However, he made it clear that genuine buyers should not be harassed in the  guise of strict enforcement. The Chief Minister directed the Health Department to put in place a mechanism for utilising the services of private hospitals,  medical and educational institutions in the treatment of addicts by empaneling them on prescribed government rates. He also asked the department to  devise a minimum protocol for medical, health and diagnostic services to be provided to the patients. Taking part in the deliberations, Finance Minister  Manpreet Singh Badal called for humane treatment of drug addicts and urged doctors to motivate parents to get their addicted children treated without  fear of social stigma. The Finance Department, he said, would extend full support to the Health Department in meeting the shortage of super speciality  doctors in psychiatry.Health Minister Brahm Mohindra informed had earlier informed the meeting that his department would soon recruit more  psychiatrists to overcome the shortage to ensure effective and timely treatment of the addicts. He also suggested engaging the services of private  players for opening OOAT-based OPD clinics.Psychiatrist Civil Hospital Tarn Taran Dr. Rana Ranbir Singh suggested launching OEND (Overdose  Education and Naloxone Distribution) programme, which was extensively being implemented in US, to save the lives of hardened drug addicts. 

Principal Government Medical College Patiala Dr. B S Sidhu said that synthetic drugs were far more dangerous and harmful than the natural drugs and  focus should be to curb the supply chain of these artificially created drugs.Dr. Sandeep Bhola, Incharge de-addiction centre Kapurthala, sought Rs.5  Lacs in aid for setting up a special gallery in the Pushpa Gujral Science City at Kapurthala for creating awareness amongst students about drug abuse  and its prevention. The amount was immediately sanctioned by the Health Minister.The meeting was attended, amongst others, by Media Advisor to CM  Raveen Thukral, Chief Principal Secretary to CM Suresh Kumar, Principal Secretary to CM Tejveer Singh, Additional Chief Secretary Home NS Kalsi,  Additional Chief Secretary Health Satish Chandra, IG/STF R K Jaiswal, ADGP Law & Order Ishwar Singh, Managing Director Punjab State Health  Systems Corporation Varun Roojam, Additional Secretary Health B Srinivasan, Director Health Services Jaspal Kaur.


Tags: Amarinder Singh , Anti Drug Mission



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