De-addiction camp in Udupi from Jan 1

The Dr A V Baliga Memorial Hospital, in association with the Temperance Board, Bengaluru and Indian Medical Association Udupi, will be organising its 25th alcohol de-addiction camp from January 1 to 10, 2018.

Speaking to reporters here on Thursday, psychiatrist Virupaksha Devaramane said Dr B Srinivas Kakilaya, a physician from Mangaluru, will inaugurate the camp. IMA Karavali president Dr Y Sudarshan Rao will be the chief guest of the programme and renowned psychiatrist Dr P V Bhandary will preside over the programme. Alcohol Temperance Board (Government of Karnataka) president Rudraiah will be the chief guest at the valedictory ceremony. The camps are conducted once in six months for a duration of 10 days. Separate de-addiction camps are also held for females who are addicted and are not willing to come forward to take part in the common camps held all over, he added.

He added that the institution will honour those who abstain from alcohol for a minimum period of three years. During the last camp, more than 50 inmates, who abstained for more than five years were honoured. Similarly, the present camps would also witness such felicitation programmes, he said. He added that food, accommodation, necessary investigations and the expenses towards medical treatment for the inmates will be borne by Dr A V Baliga Charities Mumbai. Everyday lectures will be held to create awareness about the ill-effects of alcohol and tobacco and addictive substances. Resource persons will deliver lectures on improving health and lifestyle management. Bhajans and cultural programmes will also be arranged daily by college students of the locality.

After the camp, there will be regular follow-ups held by a group of social workers so as to keep track of their abstinence for the next one year. The De-addiction Centre caters to a sizable number of patients seeking treatment for substance abuse problems mainly in the districts of Udupi, Dakshina Kannada and Uttara Kannada. Of late, the centre has also been receiving patients from other places in and outside Karnataka.

As many as nine special alcohol de-addiction camps have been arranged for alcohol dependents of the Koraga community and also for the police personnel of Karwar district. Nearly 50 police personnel have benefited from the special camps organised for the Department of Police, Karwar district. He added that around 1,500 inmates have benefited from the camps.

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