WINDHOEK, 26 JUNE – Namibia will commemorate the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on today, with the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) set to embark on a campaign to engage school learners by soliciting their comments on alcohol and drug abuse.
Chief Social Worker, Geraldine Kanyinga told a media conference on Monday the ministry was targeting schools, where they would distribute suggestion boxes for learners to share their thoughts and experiences on drug abuse. Ministry officials would then also visit the schools, together with a drug law enforcement team for information sessions.
Kanyinga said suggestion boxes were already placed at Jakob Marenga Secondary School, where learners made their contributions.
She cited one learner from this school as having perceived drugs as something which is good for the body.
“It will help us to feel nice and it make us hot in this cold weather. It also protects us from getting HIV. Sometimes I think I can fly somewhere,” the learner stated.
Kanyinga said drug use in such instances was as a result of absent parents, thus children felt that illicit substances helped take away that void.
Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services, Juliet Kavetuna said the ministry called on all sectors of society to prioritise the support, education, health and protection of children and youth against the use of drugs, consumption of alcohol and illicit trafficking.
The ministry also called on members of the public to volunteer and support rehabilitation programmes, in order to increase access to information on drug abuse for affected individuals and communities.