Detox Center Opened to Encounter Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms

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Patna: Patna Development Commissioner Anand Kishore on Thursday inaugurated the detox center within the premises of Nalanda Medical College and Hospital to deal with alcoholics who will not be able to buy country liquor from Friday morning when the liquor prohibition goes into effect as mandated by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

"As the prohibition goes into effect from Friday morning, may people who are addicted to alcohol will develop what is commonly known as 'withdrawal symptoms'. These people will need a place to go where, through modern techniques; their body is freed from any chemical that comes with the consumption of liquor," the Commissoner said adding the patients will also be provided counseling so they do not fall off the wagon again.

Kishore said that similar detox and counseling centers are being developed in all districts to deal with alcoholics who could then go on to become productive citizens of Bihar.

Giving details of the center, the Development Commissioner said that the NMCH center would have three nurses and four ward attendants to take care of the patients who would be treated completely free of cost. It also features an activity room where patients would be able to read books and magazines, watch television, and play indoor games like chess and carom board.

"Though the current number of beds allocated for the patients is ten, it will be increased to 25 in the coming days and weeks," he said.

Director of the Center Shashi Rani, NMCH Superintendent Dr. A. P. Singh, NMCH Principal Mrs. Shiv Kumari, and Patna Civil Surgeon were among many who were present on the occasion.

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