DC inaugurates first state-run de-addiction centre

Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal on Tuesday inaugurated the first de-addiction centre at Red Cross Building near Civil Hospital.

It is the first centre which will be managed and run by the Civil Surgeon's office and Red Cross. Until now, all such centres were privately run.

"We had a ward at Civil Hospital for such patients and a new centre is also ready which will be inaugurated in the coming days at Civil Hospital. But this is the first one where we will be the managers," Dr Subhash Batta, Civil Surgeon, told Newsline.

He added that "it is a 15-bedded centre where seven patients were admitted on first day and two doctors from Civil Hospital will be on duty daily".

However, the administration had to cut a sorry figure on Tuesday when the inmates showed torn blankets to Aggarwal who was rendered speechless for a minute. He later ordered replacement of the blankets.

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