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Govt employs multi-sectoral approach to fight drug and substance abuse

Story by ZBC Reporter

THE government is employing a multi-sectoral approach in the fight against drug and substance abuse which is threatening the social fabric.

Representing the chairperson of the National Committee on Drug and Substance Abuse, Honourable Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri at a National Committee Partner Coordination Meeting held in Harare this Thursday, the Deputy Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Honourable Mercy Dinha stressed the importance of a collaborative effort with development partners.

“Through partnering with the international community such as the Population Solutions for Health, Sweden and local private players, intended goals behind the enactment of the Inter-Ministerial Committee are achievable,” she said.

The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education is employing various measures to fight the menace of drug and substance abuse in schools.

Chief director of Learner Welfare, Psychological Services and Special Needs Education in the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, Ms Kwadzanai Nyanungo said, “As the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, we are working very hard with the support we are getting from the Amai’s Nhanga/ Ixhiba programme in fighting the scourge. Education 5.0 syllabus also encompasses issues to do with the threats of drug and substance abuse.”

Private players who attended the event concurred on the need to support government initiatives to eradicate the social ill.

“We have realised that if we lose the youth due to drug abuse, as a country we will not achieve vision 2030 as outlined by the President. We are here to partner with the government in any aspect of economic development of our country,” said a Teen Rescue Mission Trust representative.

A forensic psychologist said, “We are supporting youths and the government through the provision of psychological services such as therapy and counselling. We also conduct awareness campaigns in various communities as well as rehabilitation facilities in some areas.”

The government is implementing various measures to fight drug and substance abuse, including setting up an Inter-ministerial committee, embarking on awareness campaigns and turning idle COVID-19 isolation facilities into rehabilitation centres, among other initiatives.

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