Private drug de-addiction centre in Patiala filled three times its capacity
During the surprise check, the health officials found that the centre, which has permission for 40 patients, had 110 patients admitted.Few patients even complained of being thrashed by the staff.punjab Updated: Jul 31, 2018 13:06 IST
Launching a crackdown, the district administration rescued over 30 inmates from a private drug de-addiction centre operating in Seona village in Patiala on Monday.
The centre, New Generation Rehab Centre, was keeping three times more inmates, than sanctioned by the Punjab health department.
Following complaints, deputy commissioner Kumar Amit asked the civil surgeon to conduct a raid.
During the surprise check, the health officials found that the centre, which has permission for 40 patients, had 110 patients admitted.Few patients even complained of being thrashed by the staff.
Patients from Amritsar, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, and other far away places were admitted to the centre.
“I have recommended for suspension of the licence of the centre. An undertaking has been taken from owners that they will shut down the centre by August 1, as few patients are from far flung areas,” said civil surgeon Harish Malhotra.
“A team of senior medical officers inspected the site and listed several irregularities, which are being forwarded in a report to the director health,” said Malhotra.
The issue came to fore when a Kerala resident approached the DC complaining that the centre is treating the patients inhumanly, where her brother was also undergoing treatment.
Following the complaint, the DC asked the health department to take action.
“They were beating my brother and medical facilities were also not proper. Also the centre did not even have a psychologist to treat the addicts”, said the lady, requesting anonymity.
The centre has chequered record as earlier also its licence was suspended, and later revoked with a warning, said a health department official.
DC Kumar Amit said, “The government’s crackdown on drugs has resulted into the heavy rush at the drug de-addiction centres.” He said that such centres have started exploiting the situation by over crowding without having proper medical facilities.
“The health officials have been directed to monitor all such private drug de-addiction centres and ensure proper facilities for patients.The administration has briefed the health director to take suitable action against the erring centres,” said the DC.
First Published: Jul 31, 2018 13:03 IST