Taking a serious note of growing numbers of drug-addiction patients and lack of space in its existing de-addiction centre, the Kapurthala Civil Hospital has got approval from the state government to set up another drug de-addiction centre on hospital premises.
The 30-bedded centre will be constructed within a year for better treatment of drug-addict patients and it will provide all facilities under one roof.
The centre’s construction will start after getting approval for building drawing from the chief architect.
The civil hospital has 15-bedded drug de-addiction centre in the indoor unit since 2007 which has now been expanded to 25 beds.More than 50 outdoor patients visit the centre daily.
Doctors have to admit two to three serious patients daily for their detoxification.
Detoxification is the first-phase treatment given to drug addicts in which doctors cure the patient through medicines in minimum 21 days.Then the patient is referred to the rehabilitation centre.
“It becomes difficult for us to manage all the admitted patients in a congested place,” Dr Sandeep Bhola, psychiatrist at the civil hospital said.
He said the hospital doesn't have space to conduct outdoor patient care as the current de-addiction centre is running on the second floor and there is no open space or any lawn available.
The centre will provide affordable treatment with nominal charges of rs 200 per day, including bed, food and medicines.
Dr Balbir Singh, civil surgeon, said they have received nod from chief minister Parkash Singh Badal to construct the new drug de-addiction centre.
“The construction of a rehabilitation centre is under process and soon a modern drug de-addiction centre building will also be started,” he said.