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Illicit brews, drugs abuse rife in Central Kenya

16 January 2015, 19:16 Joseph Njung’eh

Nyeri - Concern has been raised over increased number of people consuming illicit brews in Central Kenya.

The National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA) CEO, William Okedi said drug abuse and illicit brew consumption have affected more than 5.5 percent of the region's total population.

Speaking in Nyeri County Government’s offices after a meeting with deputy governor Samuel Wamathai, the CEO said NACADA has launched an anti-drug campaign which is supported by devolved governments.

The agency has set aside KES 90 million for the construction of rehabilitation centres across all the 47 counties, according to Okedi.

Also see: VIDEO: Illicit brew kills 7 people in Eldoret

“All the county governments in conjunction with NACADA will construct and renovate some structures in their respective areas to be Drug Abuse Rehabilitation Centres as part of a sensitization and prevention campaign,” he said.

He noted that in the Rehabilitation Centres Construction program, the agency will offer advice on the standards of the structures through its technical team.  

The menace of drug abuse, Okedi said is in every part of the country and thus the need to curb it.

“For instance in Central Kenya illicit brews is rife and we have to fight it jointly through education and any other means,” he stated.

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