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Principal GMC Baramulla assesses UTHC Bagh-e-Islam, plans to establish OST Centre to combat substance abuse

 Principal GMC Baramulla assesses UTHC Bagh-e-Islam, plans to establish OST Centre to combat substance abuse


In a recent development, Principal GMC Baramulla, Dr (Prof) Ruby Reshi, along with Dr Tajamul Dhar and Dr Zahid Ali Khan, visited the urban health training centre (UTHC) Bagh-e-Islam on May 4, to assess the functioning of the centre and establish the Opioid Substitution Therapy (OST) Centre at the UTHC. 

The UTHC Bagh-e-Islam is affiliated with the Department of Community Medicine and is a part of the initiative taken by the GMC Baramulla administration to provide community-based healthcare services to the people of District Baramulla.

During the visit, Dr (Prof) Ruby Reshi took a detailed assessment of the manpower, infrastructure, and equipment at the centre and also held a meeting with the local leaders of the community to get their feedback on the services provided at the centre. Principal GMC Baramulla also took an overview of the centre to establish an Opioid Substitution Therapy (OST) Centre at the UTHC

It is worth mentioning that the Department of Psychiatry in collaboration with the Department of Community Medicine GMC Baramulla is planning to establish community-based De Addiction services at UTHC Bagh-e-Islam by setting up an Opioid Substitution Therapy (OST) Centre at the UTHC. This initiative is of significant importance as there is a rising prevalence of substance abuse cases across the union territory as well as in District Baramulla.

The OST Centre at the UTHC will provide free medicines to the Injecting Drug Users for harm reduction. In addition, a counsellor will also be available on all working days to provide counselling and motivation to these patients. It is noteworthy that in the future, the centre will also have the services of a full-time Medical Officer to deal with the Injecting Drug Users.

The establishment of an Opioid Substitution Therapy (OST) Centre at the UTHC is a significant step towards addressing the issue of substance abuse in the region. The move will help in providing the necessary treatment to the affected people and will also create awareness about the harmful effects of substance abuse.

Story: Taiba Hameed

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