S.A.S. Nagar : “The youth is the treasure trove of every society and to save the young generation from the menace of drugs is the joint responsibility of us all and for this, concerted efforts are the need of the hour.” These views were expressed by the Health and Family Welfare Minister, Punjab, Balbir Singh Sidhu on the occasion of a State level function at the drug deaddiction and rehabilitation centre at Sector-66 on the occasion of International Anti Drugs and Illicit Trafficking Day.He also said that the Punjab Government is fully committed to the creation of a drugs free Punjab and has waged a war against the drug menace which it is on the verge of winning. The back of supply chain has been broken. It is only as a result of the untiring efforts of the state government that till date 5.47 lakh patients have got themselves registered at the deaddiction centres.
Coming to the other issues, the minister said that it needs to be appreciated that the health workers are working hard day in and day out to ensure the success of Mission Fateh. He also exhorted the people to strengthen the hands of the state government in the fight against corona virus. The minister also profusely lauded the efforts of the ASHA Workers in making people aware about various safety precautions. He also honoured ASHA workers with the Mission Fateh badges.Throwing light on the efforts of the Special Task Force (STF) in eradicating the drug menace, the I.G. Balkar Singh Sidhu said that the single pointed agenda of the STF is to completely eradication of the drug menace.Among others present on the occasion included the Political Secretary to minister, Harkesh Chand Sharma Machhli Kalan, Civil Surgeon Dr. Manjit Singh, dceputy Director Balwant Singh, Assistant Director Dr. Anu Chopra and Deputy Medical Commissioner Dr. Daljit Singh Pardesi.