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NACADA concerned about alcohol abuse in western

05 November 2013, 12:36 Sam Kinyua

Kakamega - The National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA) has raised alarm over the increasing cases of alcohol abuse in Western Kenya.

The region leads the rest of the country in the consumption of Busaa.

Dr. William Okedi, NACADA’s CEO said while the authority was working on modalities to transfer the function to County governments, measures have to be put in place to fight the vice.

“Western leads the country in the consumption of Busaa, a trend that is worrying. In a study that we conducted just last year, the region has a prevalence rate of 17 percent among people aged between 16 and 65 years and action has to be taken to reverse this,” he said.

He observed that the lack of a rehabilitation and treatment centre in Kakamega County had worsened the situation since those struggling to fight addiction cannot access professional help.

“NACADA will work with County governments to enable them put structures in place. Since there’s no single treatment and rehabilitation facility with the necessary standards required, we recommend that one be established at a renovated section of Kakamega County General Hospital to offer the services,” he noted.

He further said that since the alcohol and drug control function had been devolved, part of the KES 750 million that was raised last year through the Alcohol Control Fund would be channeled to counties.

“We are committed to ensure that KES 400 million goes to support counties so that they each receive about KES 8 million to go towards the fight against substance abuse. At County level, there has to be effective policies and standards for monitoring this challenge,” said Okedi.

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