Chandigarh – The promise made by Congress before the election of wiping out drugs from the state is slowly but surely proving to be amere jumla’. Claiming that there were as much as 78 percent drug addicts in the state, the-then Cong president Captain Amarinder Singh had promised to wipe out the drugs menace in just four weeks. But the facts released by Health Department expose the claims of the state government. According to the figures, only 1,712 patients have been admitted and getting treatment in government drug de-addiction centres across Punjab, which have bed capacities of 440 only.As many as 13,849 drug addicted patients are being treated in OPDs, while the figure was 12,450 in the previous government’s tenure. There were 27 drug de addiction centres being run during the previous government, which has now gone up to 37, but the functional ones are only 33. A total of 1,10,797 patients have been treated in the de-addiction centres across the state, in OPD from April to November last year, an average of 13,849 patients, monthly. While in 2016, the number of patients treated in 27 deaddiction centres in OPD was 1,49,409, an average, monthly. There are 22 rehabilitation centres and two are not functional.Health Minister describing it as an achievement of the government. Interestingly, the minister held a press conference to flag the notable achievements of the department within a time span of 10 months, but some of the achievements which were shown were actually the achievements of the previous government, like sting operations along with detective agency to prevent sex determination tests, conducted from January 2016 and special campaign on festival of Kanjak Pooja and Lohri in 2016–17, before the formation of Captain government in the state. More interestingly, the minister himself admitted that the machines purchased for hospitals by the previous government, were of good quality.
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