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Union health secretary gives nod to 53 posts for PGI’s drug de-addiction centre

Secy gave his approval during the standing finance committee meeting chaired by him at the institute. Now, the matter will be placed in the next meeting of PGI’s governing body.

punjab Updated: Jun 29, 2017 18:00 IST
Tanbir Dhaliwal
Tanbir Dhaliwal
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER
The Union health secretary has also asked Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research to reconsider its requirement for posts.(HT File)

The Union health secretary, CK Mishra, on Tuesday gave a green signal to creation of 53 posts needed for expansion of drug de-addiction and treatment centre at Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER). Mishra has also asked the institute to reconsider its requirement for posts.

Mishra gave his approval during the standing finance committee meeting chaired by him at the institute. Now, the matter will be placed in the next meeting of PGI’s governing body.

Expansion plans

Going by the expansion plan mooted in 2015, the PGIMER wants to convert the drug de-addiction centre (DDTC) into a centre of excellence for addiction psychiatry.

The DDTC was set up in 1988, as an independent centre with a capacity of 30 beds. But now, they only have 20 beds, with number of patients increasing manifold, due to which the doctors want to expand the inpatient section at DDTC from 20 to 50 beds. For the first time, the centre will have separate beds for women, child and adolescent addicts.

“The centre will enhance the OPD facilities. For instance, it will start opioid substitution therapy, dual diagnostics clinics and group therapy. Laboratory, diagnostics, training and research facilities will also be enhanced,” said a PGIMER officer.

“With time, the DDTC has taken the responsibility of regional resource centre for drug abusers in northern region by providing services, expert consultations to people from several states,” said a PGI officer.

DDTC is also a training centre for psychiatrists, medicine doctors, psychologists and social welfare workers.

Agendas approved by the panel

The institute submitted its other expansion plans and plans regarding faculty at the finance committee meeting.

The panel has given its conditional approval for at least 12 faculty posts of drug de-addiction centre at PGIMER. It has also approved ₹93.5 crore for 144 houses for PGIMER staff.

The panel has also given its nod to construction work at Nehru building, gynaecology ward and other sites.

First Published: Jun 29, 2017 17:58 IST