Senate: Govt working on dealing with drug abuse and low Covid-19 vaccination uptake

By ZBC Reporter

Drug abuse among youths, Covid-19 vaccination and sanctions came under the spotlight during this Thursday’s Senate question and answer segment, with Senators raising concern over reluctance by authorities to deal with drug peddlers.

The increase in the abuse of drugs among youths in the country and the dropping numbers of people taking the Covid-19 jab came under the spotlight this Thursday during Senate’s question and answer session.

Responding to the queries Deputy Minister of Health and Child Care Dr John Mangwiro noted government’s plans to construct rehabilitation centers across the country.

Government is working on a plan to construct rehabilitation Centres in all provinces and districts because it has become a problem that needs attention and we are also working towards ensuring that these drugs are not smuggled in the country.We are also worried that the numbers of those getting vaccinated are dropping because people seem to be relaxed we need to ensure that we remind the people of the dangers of Covid 19, he said.

The issue of sanctions and the returning of remains of ancestors taken to Europe during the colonial era also came up, with Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Honourable David Musabayana, saying government is seized with the matter.

Plans are underway for the return of the remains. It’s still work in progress. The issue sanctions takes everyone to amplify our voice. That is why you see even our African counterparts have joined in the fight, said Musabayana.

Online recruitment of nurses was also deliberated on, with government noting  challenges in the process as a result of the digital divide and revealing plans to decentralise the recruitment exercise on the cards.

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