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HindustanTimes Fri,22 Aug 2014

CM sets up team of senior officers to hold de-addiction camps

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, June 19, 2014
First Published: 13:02 IST(19/6/2014) | Last Updated: 13:53 IST(19/6/2014)

To ensure rehabilitation of drug addicts in the state, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has deployed 15 IAS and 13 senior police officers to jointly monitor the overall functioning of special medical camps organised at block-level to detoxify drug addicts.

A decision to this effect was taken by the chief minister while presiding over a high-level meeting of the senior officers of health and police department at his residence on Wednesday.

Badal, while underscoring the need for carrying out detoxification of the drug addicts on a war-footing, said this daunting task could be accomplished only if block-level special medical camps were organised in the community health centres under the supervision of medical experts.

He said with the police tightening noose around the drug peddlers in the state, the demand of treatment for the drug deaddiction has witnessed a rapid surge due to which the need of the hour was to impart de-addiction facilities to the drug addicts at their nearest places.

Badal asked the principal secretary, health, to ensure that block-level special medical camps were organised across the state in which the drug addicts must be imparted quality medical facilities to wean them away from drugs.

The chief minister further said the services of civil and police administration under the deputy commissioner and senior superintendent of police (SSP), respectively, along with the civil surgeon and senior medical of ficers should also be roped in for such camps to ensure prompt deliverance of facilities to the patients coming to such camps.

Badal said the 15 IAS and 13 senior police officers would oversee the entire arrangements in the medical camps within their jurisdiction, adding that they would coordinate with the principal secretary, health, to plug any loophole in the system to ensure best treatment to the drug addicts.

Likewise, he also asked the principal secretary, health, to establish a control room in Chandigarh to ensure the quick supply of medicines to such camps besides ensuring the other logistic support to them.

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