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Ministry of Health Embarks on Sensitisation Tour Against Drug Abuse

The Federal Ministry of Health went on a sensitization tour around the FCT metropolis on Monday to educate the public on the dangers of drug Abuse.

It said the sensitisation is being organised, because of the situation in the country as drug abuse has become a pandemic.

The Director, Food and Drugs Services in the ministry, Mrs Olubukola Ajayi, while addressing newsmen at the end of the exercise, said the sensitisation became necessary due to the danger drug abuse posed on the society.

According to her people on drugs have committed a lot of havoc by killing, stealing, raping and indulging in many terrible things.

She said the ministry decided to educate Nigerians on the danger of drug abuse for them to resist its temptation and addiction, adding that similar activities are being carried out in states and local government areas.

Ajayi said the ministry had developed policies to help in curbing the menace of drug abuse adding that what is left, is for the relevant agencies to carry out the implementation.

She urged the media to properly sensitize the public on the dangers of drug abuse.

Kenneth Anetor, a Co founder and President of A New Thing International Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organisation partnering with the Ministry in sensitising youths on the dangers of Drug Abuse, said one in eight people in Nigeria are doing drugs and that out of every five person, a lady is doing drugs.

Mr Anetor said as a way of assisting the government they engage youths in the rural environment, trained those who are passionate about issues surrounding youths and send them back into the society to engage other youths.

He said everyone has a part to pay and that they are making impact while noting that more engaging programmes will come up that will assist in curbing the menace of drug abuse.

He said a drug free life is possible urging all to save the youth and save the future.

Some persons who spoke to Health TV crew in anonymity said drug abuse should not be seen as a problem of the poor noting that the rich and influential people also indulge in it.

They accused law enforcement officers of seizing some of these drugs and reselling them rather than burning the drugs.

They called on the government to continue to combat the menace at the grassroot level, and also look inward for corrupt officials who are promoting the use of these drugs for financial gains.

A motor part attendance popularly known as Agbero, who identified himself as Starboy, said he enjoys taking drugs and no one can stop him from doing so not even his mother adding that it is like part of his life.

According to him, if those drugs are not being sold, people will not buy.

He advised the government to start from the root where most of those drugs are being planted.

The sensitization tour was carried out at the Wuse Market, Berger Junction and Jabi Motor Park in Abuja.

The International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is marked on June 26 of every year, to strengthen action and cooperation in achieving the goal of a world free of drug.

Despite the celebration of the day in June the Federal Ministry of Health had deemed it fit to continue the sensitization due to the rising numbers of drug addict and drug misuse with the theme; Share Facts on Drugs Save Lives.

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