‘Drugs at doorstep’: PGI in Chandigarh plans de-addiction institute

  • Tanbir Dhaliwal, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jun 24, 2016 20:09 IST
The panel of 22 members visited the de-addiction centre on Thursday and carried out inspections. (HT File Photo)

With the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) getting large number of drug addiction cases, the institute is now planning to move a proposal to the Union health ministry for setting up of a separate Institute of Drug De-addiction.

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The idea of setting up a separate institute of drug de-addiction was discussed among senior administrative officials of PGIMER on Thursday, when the problem of shortage of beds at drug de-addiction and treatment centre (DDTC) was pointed out by the members of parliamentary standing committee on Social Justice and Empowerment.

The panel of 22 members visited the de-addiction centre on Thursday and carried out inspections.

The panel members were Ramesh Bais, chairman, standing committee on social justice and empowerment; Santokh Singh Chaudhary, Sher Singh, Mamta Thakur, Bhartendu Singh, among others.

At a drug rehab centre in Ludhiana. (HT File Photo)

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They were informed about the functioning of the centre, number of patients and the kind of treatment given to them. There are 30 beds at the drug de-addiction and treatment centre, out of which only 20 are operational.

The DDTC centre sees around 20 new cases and within a range of 30-60 follow-up cases every day.

“The committee members were quite satisfied with the functioning of the DDTC, however they were of the opinion that for an institute like PGIMER, 20 functional beds at DDTC are not sufficient. They have assured us that they will take up the issue and will at least enhance the beds by 50,” said a senior official from PGIMER.

The administration though is planning to set up a separate institute only.

“The PGIMER will send a proposal of setting up a separate Institute of Drug De-addiction to the Union ministry of health and family welfare. We will enhance the infrastructure, number of staff members, bed strength, number of DM psychiatry seats,” informed the official.

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