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Stalin inaugurates special welfare centre for de-addiction

Special Correspondent

— PHOTO: S.R. RAGHUNATHAN.

NEW FACILITY: Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin inaugurates a de-addiction centre of Chennai Corporation at a function in Chennai recently. Union Minister for Textiles Dayanidhi Maran and Mayor M. Subramanian are in the picture.

CHENNAI: A 20-bed special welfare centre for de-addiction was commissioned on Hyder Ali Street, Royapettah, here recently. Inaugurated by Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin, the centre will focus on treatment for insomnia, withdrawal symptoms and co-existing mental disorders. Individual and group counselling will be offered and Alcoholics Anonymous, a self-help group, will support in the recovery process.

Survey among workers

The initiative follows a survey done by The Hindu and TT Ranganathan Clinical Research Foundation among 25,000 conservancy workers of the Chennai Corporation in 2009. The survey found that about 10 to 15 per cent of those surveyed were addicted to alcohol, said Health Officer P. Kuganantham.

A consultant psychiatrist from the Corporation has been appointed for the project. The centre will provide daily outpatient services and laboratory facilities, he added. Directors of Kasturi & Sons Ltd., including Nalini Krishnan, K. Venugopal and Lakshmi Srinath participated. N. Ram, Editor-in-Chief, The Hindu signed a memorandum of understanding with the Chennai Corporation to establish a centre and provide premises for treatment of alcohol addiction. The Hindu's welfare centre will provide guidance and expertise for patient support.

On Sunday, Mr. Stalin also commissioned an exclusive gym for women, a basketball ground and an athletic track, a noon meal centre and a sewage pumping station in Thousand Lights Assembly constituency. Mr. Stalin distributed appointment orders to eight persons recruited through the employment exchange at a function organised in Gopalapuram and distributed bicycles to 2,290 students belonging to Chennai Schools in the constituency. He also distributed cheques worth Rs.3.60 lakh to 16 women under the Moovalar Ramamirtham Ammaiyar Nianaivu marriage assistance scheme and 50 women were provided financial under the Dr. Muthulakshmi Reddy Maternity Benefit Scheme.

Union Minister for Textiles Dayanidhi Maran, Chennai Corporation Mayor M. Subramanian, Commissioner D. Karthikeyan and other senior officials of the civic body participated.

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