Two 50-bedded drug de-addiction centres, one each at Jalandhar and Bathinda, equipped with the latest state-ofthe-art facilities, would be made operational by December 31 for treatment of drug addicts.
A decision to this effect was taken by Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal at a meeting of the Punjab state cancer and dr ug addiction (CADA) treatment infrastructure board here on Tuesday, which was presided over by him.
PLAN FOR PATIALA AND FARIDKOT
It was also decided that two other 50-bedded drug de-addiction centres, one each at Patiala and Baba Farid University campus, Faridkot, would be also be constructed.
To rehabilitate the drug addicts to lead a normal life, the state government in addition to the existing drug de-addiction centres (DDCs) network having the capacity of 600 beds, would also set up 22 special rehabilitation centres, one each at every district, where the patients would be admitted after proper detoxification at the de-addiction centres.
The CM also asked the health department to work out a strategy to provide medicines to the eight DDCs run in various jails at Amritsar, Gurdaspur, Patiala, Kapurthala, Ludhiana, Bathinda, Faridkot and Ferozepur, through the health department instead of the present practice of direct purchase by the jail authorities.
The managing director of Punjab health systems corporation (PHSC) Hussan Lal apprised the chief minis - ter that 10-bedded drug deaddiction centres have been constructed at a total outlay of ` 2 7 crore at Phagwara , Jag raon, Batala, Balachaur, Dasuya, Sri Anandpur Sahib, Rajpura, Barnala, Abohar, Patti, Malerkotla , Khanna, Narot Jaimal Singh, Hoshiarpur, Saila Khurd, Gurdaspur, Pathankot, Bar nala, Sangrur, Ludhiana, Fatehgarh Sahib, Fazilka and Ropar.