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HindustanTimes Thu,18 Sep 2014

Govt asks drug inspectors to keep vigil on sale of banned drugs

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, June 26, 2014
First Published: 20:52 IST(26/6/2014) | Last Updated: 20:53 IST(26/6/2014)

The Punjab health department has restructured the drug de-addiction cell and rationalised the human resource requirement of each district as per requirement.

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The health department has instructed all drug inspectors to intensify checking of drug retailers and chemists to check the sale of banned drugs.

Announcing this here on Thursday, principal secretary, health and family welfare, Vini Mahajan, said that in the ongoing campaign against drugs, the government was providing all help to drug users to get rid of the menace by providing them medical and psychological treatment at drug de-addiction centres.

She said the health department had launched a campaign to make such a system that no person would be able to get any sort of drugs/medicines from the medical stores without the prescription of the competent authority.

Mahajan said drug inspectors had been told to regularly inspect medical stores to curb malpractices and send reports on daily basis to the headquarters. 

She said the government had also transferred some drug inspectors as per requirements in the districts to strengthen the checking system to stop the sale of banned drugs.

According to the transfer orders, Vinay Jindal has been posted at Patiala-1, Lajvinder Kumar at Ludhiana-3, Karamjeet Singh at Gurdaspur-2, Gurpinder Kaur Bhambra at Ludhiana-4, Janak Raj has been given the additional charge of Pathankot, Gurpreet Singh Sodhi has been posted at Fatehgarh Sahib district with additional charge of Kharar (SAS Nagar-3) and Punjab Health Systems Corporation, Kharar, under the Special Session Quality Control Cell, Mohali, and Ramandeep Gupta has been given the additional charge of Fazilka.

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