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Nacada's sensitizes Trans Nzoia residents on drug abuse

31 December 2013, 15:08 Mwangi Karanja

Trans Nzoia - The National Authority for Campaign against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (Nacada) North Rift region office, has rolled out a one week road show across Trans Nzoia County to sensitize the residents on the effects of drug abuse.

The region coordinator  Wangai Kachungi said alcohol and other dangerous drugs being used in the county could immensely cripple the country’s development progress as those who have been greatly affected are skilled work force who are youth.

He pointed out that Nacada will work, tirelessly, with other stakeholders to ensure that the menace is averted before is too let.

“We want to sensitize the public especially the youth on the effects of doing drugs because they are endangering their lives, that’s why we have rolled out this initiative,” he said.

Kachungi urged the youth in the region to engage in economic development projects and upscale their standard of living than waste their times on drinking dens saying that economic growth of this country is upon their shoulders.

He further warned traders who he said are going against the set regulations governing the sell of cigarettes adding that if found they will be taken to court and prosecuted.

He said that cigarette kills more people than Aids opining that no animal or insect but only human being consumes tobacco.

“Over 6.6 million people die every year from diseases related to the use of tobacco and AIDs kills 1.2 million people, that is why we will not relate on our efforts to fight the use of  the substance and other harmful drugs” he disclosed.

Trans Nzoia county deputy county commissioner Alfred Gicheru who promised to intensified the fight against consumption and brewing of illicit brew in the county which he said has derail development progress of the county.

“We are going to arrest all people who are involved in the brewing of this harmful brew,” he said.

His sentiments were echoed by the county executive member for health Ken Simiyu, who also attended the meeting, said that the county was going to come up with legislation to control the use of tobacco products in the county.

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