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Free treatment for poor drug addicts in Punjab

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

The government will treat poor drug addicts for free at all state-run de-addiction centres.

At a high-level meeting of civil surgeons, medical superintendents and principals of the government medical colleges today, directed his to ensure that necessary funds for free treatment are immediately placed at the disposal of the concerned deputy commissioners, an official release said.

Singh said that he would sanction funds from the chief minister's relief fund, if needed.

He directed the to explore the possibility of seeking financial aid from reputed national and international health organisations, besides engaging with the NGOs already working to fight

Singh said he would personally take up the issue with and urge him to intensify Centre's efforts to prevent entry of drugs and narcotics into from the adjoining states of Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, and Jammu &

The 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, the release said.

He asked the management of these institutions to crack down on such students.

The was also asked to work out the modalities in consultation with the for extending to poor drug addicts along with one attendant each in government busses to go to the nearby de-addiction centres.

He took serious note of reports of police probing the antecedents of drug addicts taking admission in de-addiction centres.

He directed Home to issue strict orders against entry of any into the centres.

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 to convene a meeting of 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 directed the to put in place a mechanism for utilising the services of private hospitals, medical and educational institutions in the treatment of addicts by empanelling them on prescribed government rates.

He also asked the department to devise a for medical, health and to be provided to the patients.

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.

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First Published: Tue, July 10 2018. 19:15 IST