Inaugurated with much fanfare on December 12 by state health minister Surjit Kumar Jyani, the de addiction and rehabilitation centre at Shekhen village on Hoshiarpur road wears a deserted look.
The de-addiction centre neither has any equipment nor doctors for treatment of patients. Sources said around four patients had come from the de addiction centre at the civil hospital here but in the absence of doctors, staff and equipment, they went away.
The rehabilitation centre is one of the 22 facilities set up as a part of the initiative by the government for rehabilitation of addicts. As per information, just one doctor from the civil hospital de addiction centre visits the rehabilitation facility once or twice a week. There are no counsellors, staff nurses and attendants.
Health officials said rehabilitation plays a crucial role in the proper treatment of addicts. At de-addiction centres, patients are given medicines for detoxification. Thereafter, they are sent to rehabilitation centres that are set up with an aim to keep them engaged in some tasks after proper counselling, said officials.
Dr Sanjeev, a psychiatrist at the civil hospital drug de addiction centre said the government taken an appropriate step to set up rehabilitation facilities. “If the rehabilitation centres get the much- needed equipment, it will immensely benefit the patients,” said the doctor.
Sources said it was difficult for the rehabilitation centres to achieve their target as the government was not serious towards providing proper facilities at these places.
Health minister Surjit Kumar Jayani said: “There are no patients at these facilities as there is no drug addiction in the state”
The health minister claimed that within a month every facility would be provided at the centre.