Uasin Gishu county launches campaign against drug abuse among students

Uasin Gishu Governor Jonathan Bii launches the County Alcohol and Drug Control Action Plan.

Uasin Gishu County has launched the Alcohol and Drug Control Action Plan to fight alcohol and drug abuse in the county, especially among students.

Speaking during the launch, Governor Dr. Jonathan Bii Chelilim called on all key agencies and stakeholders for enhanced collaboration in the fight.

He noted that the vice remains a major challenge to the socio-economic development of society, having caused addiction, mental incapacitation, property loss, broken families and deaths and now becoming a threat that will affect many generations to come.

Dr. Bii said the launch signifies major interventions by the county to secure its people, stressing that illicit brew is notably sold cheaply and the practice has to be stopped.

“I am giving a warning to all alcohol vendors to ensure that they have licenses and also this is a clear call for prosecution of those operating unlicensed outlets,” he warned.

“We are establishing rehabilitation centres to manage addiction cases, creating programmes to empower them and also conducting sensitization programmes,” he added.

County Commissioner Dr. Edison Nyale noted that security officers will identify illicit brewers and their markets and take immediate action.

The enforcement and compliance team will also carry out raids to identify outlets selling unlicensed alcohol in the region.

By Obegi Malack

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