Jalandhar, May 20
The district is set to accommodate 26 new Outpatient Opioid Assisted Treatment (OOAT) clinics as the state government led by Bhagwant Mann has approved the establishment of these additional clinics to meet the needs of as many drug addicted patients as possible. The district now has a total of 37 OOAT clinics (11 had been established before) and in the existing 11 clinics, up to 16,000 patients had been registered. Notably, the OOAT program was launched in the state in 2018.
These new centers would bolster the district administration’s efforts to combat the drug menace by providing treatment to those affected close to home. Solicit the support of the people to make the Punjab government’s anti-drug campaign a huge success in Jalandhar — Ghanshyam Thori, DC
Disclosing the details, Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori said the new centers will bolster the district administration’s efforts to combat the threat of drugs by providing treatment to those affected close to home. Seeking the support of the people to make the Punjab government’s anti-drug campaign a huge success in Jalandhar, Thori urged drug patients to join the state government through maximum registration in these new centers. He categorically mentioned that the war on drugs could never be won without the equal participation of people, therefore, every individual should come forward and contribute to these efforts.
The DC earlier said that a total of 11 OOAT clinics were functional in the district and with the opening of these new centers, the total staff of the clinics would increase to 37. The new centers would be located in 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, Kazi Mandi, Basti Danishmanda, Aman Nagar, Basti Bawa Khel, Basti Nau, and PAP Community Health Center. The DC also ordered health officials to launch a massive anti-drug campaign by chaining people residing near the aforementioned locations so that these centers would witness heavy footfall.
Deputy Medical Commissioner Jyoti Sharma said arrangements are underway to open new centers with training provided to selected staff members for those centers. The existing 11 OOAT clinics have so far registered more than 16,000 patients since their establishment in the district, while these new centers would greatly enhance this strength.