Inauguration by Dr Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India

Dr Harsh Vardhan, Hon’ble Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India and President, NIMHANS Society inaugurated the Centre for Addiction Medicine Complex: Women’s Treatment Wing, Drug Toxicology Laboratory, and Virtual Knowledge Centre during his memorable maiden visit to NIMHANS on 16th August 2014, at the NIMHANS Convention Centre. Dr Sharan Prakash R. Patil, Hon’ble Minister for Medical Education, Government of Karnataka and Vice-President of NIMHANS and Shri U.T. Khader, the Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Government of Karnataka, were the guests of honour. The programme began with the melodious rendering of the Saraswathi Vandana. The programme was inaugurated by the ceremonial lighting of the lamp by the dignitaries and the recorded message of a woman service user of the de-addiction services.
Professor Satish Chandra, Director/Vice-Chancellor, NIMHANS welcomed the distinguished guests and traced the recent milestones of the institution. The key note address was delivered by Dr Sharan Prakash R Patil. Shri U.T. Khader also addressed the gathering. In his address, the chief guest Dr Harsh Vardhan praised the staff of NIMHANS for the exemplary activities being carried out in the field of mental health and neurosciences and urged the faculty and staff of NIMHANS to think out of the box to ensure delivery of quality care to every citizen of India. The dignitaries released a DVD on relapse prevention in alcohol dependence, an ICMR manual on providing care for women partners of men with alcohol dependence and a set of posters on technology addiction. Professor V Ravi delivered the vote of thanks. The programme was conducted by Professor Pratima Murthy.
The dignitaries visited the Centre for Addiction Medicine Complex and formally inaugurated the Women’s Inpatient Wing, the Drug Toxicology Laboratory and the Virtual Knowledge Centre. Dr Harsh Vardhan interacted with directors and faculty of several premier psychiatric centres all over the country through the Virtual Knowledge Network. He expressed his happiness with this facility and hoped that such use of technology would help to overcome the human resource shortage in mental health care delivery.

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