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Post HIV spread, families’ help sought to treat addicts


Post HIV spread, families’ help sought to treat addicts

Tribune News Service

Sangrur, July 9

Officials visited the houses of 13 chitta addicts, including eight HIV positive persons, in Badrukhan village, near here today. They sought help from their families in getting the addicts admitted to de-addiction centre.

One addict, who had locked himself in a room, was admitted by breaking open the main door, while two others were admitted with the help of the police. The number of total addicts admitted has increased to eight. Of the total admitted, five are HIV positives, while the remaining are suffering from hepatitis C. An addict’s daughter claimed that drugs were being openly sold in their village.

A team of senior police officers, SDM Avikesh Gupta and area Congress leaders, including Punjab PPCC spokesperson Daman Thind Bajwa and secretary Harman Bajwa, sarpanch of Badrukhan village Kuljeet Toor and others visited the houses of addicts and asked their families to assist the administration in getting them admitted to the de-addiction centre of the Sangrur Civil Hospital.

“Four more addicts were admitted today. Now we have five HIV positive addicts, while three are suffering from hepatitis C. Three HIV positive persons and two addicts have escaped from their houses. We are trying to convince all addicts to get admitted for treatment,” said the SDM.

After The Tribune highlighted the availability of drugs and testing of HIV positive of one addict on July 6, the administration got total 12 addicts admitted to the hospital. Of them, four are HIV positives and also suffering from hepatitis C, three are only HIV positives and four others have hepatitis C.

The PPCC spokesperson and secretary along with other leaders broke open the door of a house and got an addict admitted to a de-addiction centre. “He has done BA, B.Ed and was pursuing MA from a Patiala college. But he fell in the trap of drugs two years ago. His father is also an addict. I will take up the matter with the state government for the best treatment of all,” said Daman Bajwa.

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