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Kwale Govt set aside KES 11 M for rehabilitation center

16 December 2014, 09:30 John Kioko

Kwale - The County government of Kwale has set aside KES 11 million for rehabilitation center at Kwale Hospital that is expected to accommodate about 300 drug users, a government official has said.

Director in charge of Community and cross cutting issues, Ndurumo Gakui said the funds will be used for construction of the center in its first phase.

Speaking during the flagging off of the National Authority for Campaign against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA) campaign at Kwale market Sunday, Ndurumo said the center will first rehabilitate men who are said to be the most affected in the area.

“It will be free from those who cannot afford but for those who can afford will be paying something reasonable,” he added.

Ndurumo, who was accompanied by NACADA program officer in the coast region Salat Boru and Matuga deputy County Commissioner Kamunyan Chedotum, said that the County government is doing its best to help addicted drug users.

Salat Boru said that the roadshow caravan will visit all accessible areas in the County including Check Point, Ukunda, Shimoni, Vanga, Horo Horo and Kinango among others to sensitize locals on the effects of drug abuse.

He said that the anti-drug campaign caravan will be in Kwale County for three days.

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“We will educate locals on social, economic and health effects of drug abuse and inform them on how they can interact with the NACADA on issues of drug control especially in communities, family and school level," he added.

He said NACADA is committed to keep informing the public on the dangers of drug abuse, emerging trends, risks, factors pushing them to use of drugs and activities to engage in to curb drug abuse.

“We have organized the roadshow in collaboration with County government. If we do that, we will win the war against drug abuse,” he noted.

Salat said that heroine, bhang and second generation alcohol are the drugs affecting youths in Kwale according to a national survey done in 2012 by NACADA.

Matuga deputy County Commissioner urged youths to avoid using drugs as they are harmful to their health and affects the economy.

"Youths are the people expected to work and develop the County and if they plunge into drug abuse, we have no people to help develop the economy," he said.

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