LAHORE: The largest state of the art treatment and rehabilitation centre in public sector for the addicts has been established in the premises of Punjab Institute of Mental Health (PIMH). The construction of the addict centre has been completed at a cost of Rs 192.142 million rupees. The centre consist 100 beds and 10 cells. This centre would start functioning by June 2017.Health Care and Medical Education Provincial Minister Salaman Raffique addressed the meeting after inspecting of the newly constructed building of the hospital at PIMH on Friday.” The centre consist 100 beds and 10 cells. This centre would start functioning by June 2017,” he informed.Special Secretary Dr Sajid Chohan, Additional Secretary Dr Salaman Shahid, PIMH Chief Executive Dr Nasir Bhatti, Senior Officers of communication department and other administrative doctors also attended the meeting.Dr Nasir Bhatti stated that the finance department has given approval for the 113 posts for the newly established centre while 40 posts would be sanctioned soon after making the yard stick criteria for the posts. He informed that procurement process for medical equipment has already been completed. Rs 38.00 million have been released. He added that the delivery of the most of the equipment have been received while the remaining would be completed by 31st May. The superintending engineer and XEN of C&W informed that procurement process has been started for the purchase of 200 KVA generator, 400 KVA transformer and electric panel for the addicts centre.Salaman Raffique directed the Special Health Secretary to approach the committee constituted for yard stick criteria in KEMU and the matter should be resolved immediately. The minister said that government is spending billions of rupees for the construction of the hospitals and state of the art specialized health centres for providing best treatment facilities for the people.“The newly constructed state of the art addicts treatment and the rehabilitation centre in PIMH is the largest specialized institution in public sector for the treatment of narcotics addicts where free of cost treatment facilities would be provided to the patients,” concluded Salaman.