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NACADA asks counties to establish rehab facilities

The National Authority for the Campaign Against Drug Abuse (NACADA) Western Region programme officer George Kasera has urged county governments to support the establishment of rehabilitation centres.

Speaking to KNA, Kasera noted that Kakamega is already equipping a rehab centre for drug addicts in Lurambi sub-county.

He said Busia County has one rehab centre in Nambale adding that NACADA is engaging with Bungoma and Vihiga Counties to set up similar facilities.

Kasera noted that the rehab centre will support the recovery of drug addicts while decrying the shocking statistics of 23.8 percent of Kakamega residents who consume illicit brews despite the dangers.

At the same time, the Nacada programme officer urged the County and National government to set aside a kitty specifically for supporting drug addicts who seek rehabilitation services instead of county and national government officials dipping into their pockets.

He observed that Uasin Gishu and Bomet counties support those seeking rehab services by subsidizing the cost of rehab and allowing them to use the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF).

Kasera was speaking during a sensitization forum at Network for Persons with disabilities hall in Lurambi, Kakamega central sub-county.

He noted that NACADA has special programmes targeting students, workers and teachers to sensitize them against drug abuse.

“We also sensitize parents on positive parenting to note any change of behaviour in their children that may enable them to understand if they are abusing drugs,” he added.

By Bright Imungu

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