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Varsities urged to Incorporate Drug abuse in the Curriculum

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UoN Students participate in IDADA 2019 on Wednesday June 26, 2019

The University of Nairobi and partners held celebrations to mark the International Day against Alcohol and Drug Abuse and illicit trafficking (IDADA) 2019. IDADA is observed on 26th June, a day that was agreed upon 30 years ago by the United Nations general assembly.

This year’s theme was, ‘Justice for health and health for justice’ emphasizing that justice and health go hand in hand in addressing drug problems. This campaign emphasizes the inclusivity of a comprehensive approach to drug prevention and treatment with the needs to integrate questions of justice and health.

 

While delivering his opening remarks, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi noted that the the University of Nairobi ADA/HIV policy does not discriminate or stigmatize people abusing alcohol/drugs or living with HIV.   Instead the institution cares and encourages them to seek treatment and support from the University Health Services. This is an effective alternative to punishment or suspension in line with the University’s policies.He was represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Human Resource and Administration, Prof. Stephen Kiama. 

 

On his part, Eng. Mike Mutungi, CEO, I choose Life Africa emphasized on the Best ideas to sort out Drug Abuse issues on campus; Finding out why students are taking drugs, train students to know who they are, know challenges being faced by the students, work to sort out the issues, follow up on current addicts and support, Incorporate Drug Abuse into the curriculum as they have for HIV AIDS, engage addicts to get the trigger. There are many programs but they're not effective, find out the real problem to drive the strategy and create an empowerment program for the students. There's some idle time that should be utilized, to keep the students busy.

 

“I choose Life began to work with the University in 2006 and the launch of 1 Million Youth Empowerment Challenge was deliberate because this is where we start our transformation. The youth must be empowered to take charge of their lives,” he remarked.

Vibrant wellness village, ADA screening, HIV testing and counseling, NCD Screening, Sexual Reproductive Health (free contraceptives), Prostate, Cervical and Breast Cancer screening, TB Screening, Eye Check up and fun games were among the activities of the day.