Jalandhar, June 22, 2022 (Yes Punjab News)
Further strengthening the de-addiction program of the Health department, Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori on Wednesday said that 26 new Outpatient Opioid Assisted Treatment (OOAT) centres had started offering treatment to drug dependents in the district.
Giving details, the Deputy Commissioner said that now the district had 37 OOAT centres where free treatment was being provided to drug dependents. He said that these centres were running at Phillaur, Nakodar, Adampur, Apra, Noormahal, Shikhe, Kala Bakra, Kartarpur, Lohian, Shahkot, Basti Guzan, Civil Hospital (Jalandhar), Bhogpur, Randhawa Masandan, Chitti, Rupewali, Dosanjh Kalan, Barapind, Bilga, Jamsher, Jandiala, Bundala, Mehatpur, Shankar, Malian Kalan, Talwan, Dada Colony, Khurla Kingra, Bhargo Camp, PHC Maqsudan, Dhanowali, Garha, Qazi Mandi, Basti Danishmanda, Aman Nagar, Basti Bawa Khel and Basti Nau. He said that these new OOAT centres would ensure easy access to the treatment to them.
The Deputy Commissioner said that OOAT centres were changing the lives of drug-dependents as the treatment was helping them to get rid of the drug-abuse. He said the treatment had given a new lease of life to them and their families. The Deputy Commissioner said that the district administration had been creating awareness about the drug menace owing to which a large number of youths were visiting the centres for the treatment.
Deputy Medical Commissioner Dr. Jyoti Sharma said that a total of 16585 patients were undergoing treatment in these centres. She exhorted the people to give fulsome support to the efforts of the administration against the drug menace.