Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal visited de-addiction centre at Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital on Friday. Though the CM stayed there hardly for five minutes, he agreed to increase the number of beds in the de-addiction centre to cater more patients.
Senior medical officer of the hospital Dr RK Karkara said, “The chief minister asked us regarding our demands for the hospital and when we said that number of beds are not sufficient, he at once approved our demand of increasing number of beds.”
He added that the CM approved 50 more beds in the centre, which will be of great help to the patients.
Until now, the centre had only 10 beds. In absence of sufficient beds many of the patients were discharged or referred to other centres, including Red Cross or Jagraon de-addiction centre, which also has only 10 beds.
Badal also took a round of the centre and met two patients. He asked about their health and improvement and advised them to leave drugs and to take care of their families.
Talking to media, Badal said, “Punjab government is trying every bit to root out the menace of drug from the society. I insist on the message of leaving drugs.”
On budget for the medicines at de-addiction centre, the CM said there was no shortage of funds for the medicines in any centre and all centres were running well.
Meanwhile, the hospital authorities geared up for the unplanned visit of the CM, but he did not visit the wards and even did not take notice of the progress work of ICU. It was worth mentioning that during his last visit at in February, he announced `2 crore for upgrading the ICU and the first installment of `50 lakh was also released in February.