Starting June 23, free de-addiction camps will be held in all primary health centres (PHCs) and civil hospitals here every fortnight by the district administration in an attempt to curb drug addiction.
Chairing a meeting of officials from different departments, divisional commissioner of Patiala Ajit Singh Pannu said these camps will help widen the reach of the de-addiction campaign to the interiors of the district.
The camps will be organised in all 10 PHCs and three civil hospitals in the district.Pannu said the drug addicts registered in the camps will be monitored daily to prevent them from falling into the trap of peddlers again.
"All sub-divisional magistrates (SDM) and officials of the panchayat and health department are instructed to submit day-to-day report on the activities of the addicts registered in the camps," he said.
He said that SDMs across sub divisions were also directed to form committees of superannuated officials and health experts to hold awareness campaigns in villages, towns and educational institutions.
Inspector general of Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) Paramjit Singh Grewal and Patiala senior superintendent of police Hardial Singh Mann were also present in the meeting.