Rehabilitation Centre likely to collapse

From Our Correspondent

TEZU, Oct 11: The rehabilitation centre run under General Hospital in Lohit district is on the verge of closure.

The centre till date has rehabilitated over 300 addicts by catering to needs of helpless people of Anjaw, Lohit, Namsai, Dibang and Lower Dibang Valley districts, who find it difficult to get rid of their addiction to opium, drugs, alcohol or various kinds of substances. But the Centre unfortunately is shrinking due to lackadaisical attitude of H&FW department.

“We have sent several intimation and reminders to the Arunachal Pradesh Aids Control Society project director, which has fallen into deaf ears.

Four contingency staff were engaged but their salaries since April 2018 have been pending, besides more than Rs 3 lakh pending bills on medicines and other miscellaneous expenditure for which the centre has been crippled  causing suffering for the inmates.

A meeting called by the H&FW Dept in 1st week of September last had assured immediate release of  adequate funds which has yielded no result”, an insider disclosed on condition of anonymity.

The Rehabilitation Centre, opened on 01.07.17, has been running successfully under close supervision of DMO Dr S Chai Pul Lohit and Dr S Towang, trained from Imphal-based Regional Institute of Medical Science for the purpose.

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