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2.2 million Kenyans dependent on alcohol and drugs

12 January 2015, 09:31 Stephen Njuguna

Nairobi - 2.2 million Kenyans are dependent on alcohol and drugs, NACADA Chairman, John Mututho said.

Mututho said that there is an urgent need to establish treatment and rehabilitation centres in all counties to rescue Kenyans from the mess.

He was speaking Friday during a meeting with Nyandarua County governor, Daniel Waithaka Mwangi at his office in Ol Kalou town.

Mututho said NACADA has set aside KES 90 million to establish rehabilitation centres in ten counties where victims of alcohol and drug addiction can receive free treatment.

He called on the counties administrations to cooperate with NACADA in its programme to help them reconnect with the society.

Nyandarua is one of the counties set to benefit from the programme that is expected to be implemented in two years.

“The programme has the support of the President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is concerned about the problem and I call on all counties to support it,” Mututho said.

Read Also: Kwale Govt set aside KES 11 M for rehabilitation center

He added that the programme would be rolled out in all the other counties to completely curb problem.

The chairman, who was accompanied by the CEO Dr William Okendi, hailed the County for passing an alcoholic Act noting that it will go a long way in curbing drug and alcohol abuse in the region.

Governor Waithaka said if drug and alcohol abuse is controlled, vision 2030 would be realized sooner than projected as more youth will become drivers of the economy.

He added that the County through its alcoholic Act became the first to show that change is possible.

Waithaka said that the sub-county and county alcohol committees have already been formed and would be operational next month.

Mututho urged the counties to establish rehabilitation funds kitties to help with the treatment of the dependents.

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