More than four months after inaugurating the de-addiction centre at the Psychiatry Hospital in Resham Ghar colony here, the government has failed to make it functional.
In the de-addiction centre, the entire infrastructure including equipments, wards and outpatient department (OPD) wing is in place. Currently, only the office staff of the centre is attending to it. But till date, neither the OPD wing nor the wards have started functioning. The drug addicts in dire need of treatment have no other alternative in government hospitals in Jammu barring a small centre in the police hospital.
On February 25, health and medical education minister Taj Mohi-ud-Din inaugurated the de-addiction centre at the hospital. The construction of the hospital was inaugurated by chief minister Omar Abdullah on March 29, 2010 but the construction of the main psychiatry wing is still continuing.
According to sources, in order to take credit before the parliamentary elections, the hospital was inaugurated, despite shortcomings, just before the imposition of the model code of conduct.
On the issue of the de-addiction centre becoming functional, the principal of the government medical college, Ghanshyam Dev said, "We do not have the adequate staff to make the centre functional. But we have given the requisition to recruiting agencies to fill up the posts. In the last few days, new nurses and class-IV employees have been appointed and we hope that pretty soon the other vacancies will be filled up."