UN official says Kenya has made progress in combating drug abuse

Drug Abuse
Drug Abuse

Kenya has made progress in the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of drug abusers, the United Nations official said on Sunday.

Fayzal Sulliman, the Head of the Health and Social Development Programme at the UN Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) Eastern Africa said that Kenya has taken the lead in the African continent and other countries are coming to benchmark.

“Kenya has also implemented the UN recommendations in the prevention of drug abuse,” Sulliman said during the commemoration of the International Day against Drug Abuse and illicit trafficking in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya.

Sulliman observed that Kenya has also achieved milestones in harm reduction among drug abusers by ensuring the prevention of overdose and infectious disease transmission.’

He added that the east African nation has received support from international donors to combat the drug menace.

Winnie Guchu, Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government said that Kenya has designed several programs that seek to respond to the challenge of drug abuse in the country.

“Among the initiatives being implemented is continuous public education through which we engage parents to take appropriate preventive action when there are early signs of drug use among their children,” Guchu added.

She observed that the government has also implemented a program to identify and respond to drug abuse in the workplace. Enditem

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