Reminder for Mohali in the fight against drug addiction

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A total of 17 new Outpatient Opioid Assisted Treatment (OOAT) centers were opened at government health facilities in Mohali on Wednesday, bringing the total number of such centers in the district to 24. Civil Surgeon Dr Adarshpal Kaur inaugurated a OOAT center at district hospital.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Adarshpal Kaur said that the new centers would be of great help to drug addict patients as they would be able to avail this facility closer to home.

She added that patients are treated free of charge at these centers. She also said that the centers specialize in treating people who are addicted to opium, heroin, smack, morphine and its derivatives, and that they will not have to go to centers detox for treatment and admission.

“Patients who want to stop using drugs can go to these centers daily for treatment and return home,” she added.

A total of seven centers were already operating at the Government Detoxification and Rehabilitation Center in Sector 66, Mohali and government hospitals in Kharar, Dera Bassi, Lalru, Banur, Kurali and Dhakoli.

New centers have sprung up at Mohali District Hospital, Urban Primary Health Centers Phase 1, Phase 7, Phase 11, Mundi Kharar, Zirakpur Preet Settlement as well only

primary health centers in Basauli, Gharuan, Mazat, Mullanpur Garibdas, Chandon, Nayangaon, Boothgarh, Palheri and Khizrabad.

The Civil Surgeon said the purpose of opening these centers is to provide easy and free treatment to patients who want to stop using drugs.

Regular training has been provided to doctors and other staff caring for patients. The center will remain open every day from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on public holidays including Sunday.

Patients can come and start their treatment by presenting their Aadhaar card or any other ID.

Once a patient is registered, he can get medicine from any government center in the state by showing the registration number.

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