City steps up fight against alcoholism and drug addiction

Johannesburg City Health and Social Development Committee member Cllr Eunice Mgcina officially launched an alcoholism awareness campaign in Ivory Park, north of Johannesburg on Friday, September 17, 2021.

Accompanied by city officials, ward councilor Cllr Spiwe Makamo, NGOs and faith-based organizations, MMC Mgcina said she was encouraged to see the residents of Ward 79, who had come in large numbers to listen for themselves. as the city engaged communities on drug addiction, which is slowly destroying the country’s future.

“We are bringing this campaign to Ivory Park in the context of the commemoration of World Fetal Alcoholic Day, which was celebrated last week on September 9th.

“We will also spread this campaign to all of our city communities in all regions to educate and educate residents about the dangers of alcoholism, narcotics and other life-saving substances,” MMC said. Mgcina.

She urged residents to use the 24-hour drug addiction and gender-based violence crisis line for help on 0800 223 217.

Rosina Masoa, director of social benefits in the social development department, called alcoholism a disease. She also shared the research results which showed that the prevalence of alcohol consumption in region A was highest in Joburg city at 37.1% Mandla Mbatha of Tranquility Clinic and Reality Show “Uyaphuza” , who is a recovering user, urged the community to be patient and treat users with care and not call them names like “bo nyaope” (addicts). He said it really killed their hope of recovery and being back in the community as they had to be blamed for every wrongdoing in the community as they did their best to get rid of this. habit.

“Adults need to be role models and encourage drug addicts to quit drug and alcohol use. We should all get involved and work with organizations such as Sanca, the City of Joburg Social Development Department, the police, faith-based organizations and local structures to find ways to help users. We are patients like any other, we just need help and to be treated like any other patient who needs help, not to insult me, ”he concluded.

Ouma Phakwago-Mashala, a representative of the Gauteng Liquor Board, said they have put in place strict liquor licensing regulations to tackle alcohol abuse in communities.

“We want to warn those who sell alcohol to underage children and visible pregnant women that when we find them, they will face the full force of the law. We will revoke their licenses and blacklist them.

MMC Mgcina and her team then visited the Thuthukani Treatment Center, which is a community treatment center operating on the premises of the Primary Health Care Clinic. It is one of six established to promote access to treatment services within communities.

Its services include medical evaluations, screenings, therapeutic social work services for the user and his family, aftercare services aimed at managing drug addiction and relapse as well as integration into community life.


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