KISUMU SET TO HOST IDADA CELEBRATIONS.
Kisumu embarks on a journey to fight addiction and drug abuse in the county as it welcomes the celebration of the International Day Against Drug Abuse(IDADA) on its own grounds.
All roads will be leading to Kisumu as the Cabinet Secretary for Interior and coordination of National Government Dr. Fred Matiangi is expected to preside over the celebration on June 26th 2019 at the Jomo Kenyatta Sports Grounds.
The National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse(NACADA) in collaboration with the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government and the County Government of Kisumu will conduct the first ever Anti-alcohol and Drug Abuse(Anti-ADA) walk in the county of Kisumu on the 24th of June 2019.
The event is themed ‘walking for a drug-free nation, the Anti-ADA walk will be a prelude to the commemoration of the International Day Against Drug Abuse(IDADA) .
The celebrations set on the 26th June 2019 will include the Anti-alcohol and Drug Abuse walk that will be flagged off by H.E. Prof. Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o at the Jomo Kenyatta Sports Grounds in Kisumu County.
The walk shall be enrouted along the town from Prosperity House, Nyalenda Kilo, Western Nyaori, Kachok, Gesoko, Manyatta Kona mbuta, kona mbaya, kasolo, lomigo, car wash, kondele, kamaluowa and finally end at Obunga Blue Cross Youth Centre where a ceremony with the guests will be held from 1-2pm.
Drug abuse has been a menace in Kenya and has claimed the lives of more than 5000 people in the past year alone. This is according to a report by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics. 65% of drug-related deaths have claimed the lives of youths.
It is as a result of this that the National Government launched the war on drugs and illicit brew. a report published this year by the US state department , indicates that Kenya is a significant transit country with a variety of illicit drugs including heroin and cocaine, with an increasing domestic user population.
Kisumu residents have particularly bore the brunt of the effects of drug abuse by the youths. The increase in domestic violence, crime and school dropout cases in Kisumu have been attributed to drug taking.
Illicit brew and dangerous liquor from meighbouring Uganda such as Simba have found their way in Kisumu’s domestic alcohol market. Over the years Kisumu had been battling the penetration or hard drugs within the county with NACADA raising a red flag over the crisis.
In 2017, heroin addicts around the county were introduced to a Medically Assisted Therapy(MAT) program where methadone drug was administered to them on a daily basis to help them mitigate their withdrawal symptom
The anti-ADA walk would therefore be an ideal platform to address the rising cases of drug abuse in the county and put forth sustainable solutions to mitigate alcohol and drug abuse in the County.
By Annette Obondo and Noel Ngadi.