SRINAGAR: A delegation of Civil Society Forum, Kashmir, Wednesday, called on the Chief Minister, Mufti Sayeed, to apprise him of the growing menace of drug abuse among the youth in Kashmir.
Sharing the concern, Mufti called for a concerted effort to effectively counter the menace so as to safeguard their future.
He said he will prioritize setting up of more de-addiction centres to treat patients of drug abuse. I will also direct the Police Department to increase the intake capacity of its de-addiction centre at Srinagar, he added.
The delegation also requested the Chief Minister to have the States Drug Policy more effectively implemented.
The delegation, led by Dr. Altaf Hussain, also included Dr. Mubeen Shah, Sheikh Ashiq (KCCI), Yasin Khan (KEA), Iqbal Trumboo (KEA), Siraj Ahmad, Umar Trumboo, Mohammad Ashraf Mir (FCIK), Dr. Shujaat Bukhari, Dr. Geer Ishaq and Shuja-ul-Haq.
Mufti highlighted the need to set up a new paediatric hospital in the summer capital to meet the rising demand for neonates, infant and childcare.
The facilities in maternity and paediatric hospitals are interdependent and essentially the hospitals should exist in close proximity to each other, he told the delegation.
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