MCAs want town hall to build drug rehab centers

Kiambu Woman representative Gathoni Wamuchomba speaks with Martin Kamotho, aka Githeri Man, at his home in Kayole, Nairobi, after being taken to a drug rehab center for alcoholism. [Kamau Maichuhie,Standard]

Alcohol and substance abuse among young people has been attributed to high expectations, life prospects and unemployment.

Frustrated and desperate, young people have also resorted to crime, violence, the sex trade and suicide.

To meet the challenges, the Nairobi County Assembly asked the mayor to establish rehabilitation centers in all 85 wards.

Through a motion from Umoja One’s MCA Mark Mugambi, MCAs noted that failure to address issues affecting young people has negative repercussions and contributes to growing insecurity.

Neighborhood representatives want executive to invoke the Nairobi County Alcohol Control and Licensing Act 2014, which provides for the establishment of treatment and rehabilitation facilities and programs for those addicted to alcoholic beverages in each neighborhood.

“… noting that the law establishes a fund to be used to promote withdrawal and rehabilitation programs in the county, this assembly urges the county executive to establish a treatment and rehabilitation center in each sub-county to serve information and treatment center. referral service for alcoholics and develop programs focused on the treatment and rehabilitation of alcoholics in the county, ”said the motion approved by the House on Tuesday.

Mugambi explained that the law obliges the county government to take measures, including affirmative action programs to ensure that young people have the opportunity to associate, be represented and participate in the political, social, social spheres, economic and other aspects of life, to access employment and to be protected from harmful cultural practices and exploitation.

The motion complements another from Riruta Parish, MCA James Kariba, earlier this year, which called for the bar to be removed from estates.

Notably, in 2016, there were more than 12,500 licensed liquor bars and outlets in the capital according to the County Liquor and Licensing Board’s latest census report.

Kiriba’s motion calls for rehabilitation zones for drug addicts in the cities.

He warned of the growing number of young drug addicts and drug addicts and proposed special drinking areas where bars and clubs will be located away from the estates.

The constituency representative called on Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) and the county government to work with the National Authority for the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Campaign (Nacada) to roll out rehabilitation programs for these young people.

Kiriba blamed the increase in drug addiction on dysfunctional families, peer influence, an uncontrolled alcohol trading environment, unemployment and depression.

“This needs to be addressed urgently by all relevant stakeholders as our young people are getting involved at an alarming rate,” Kiriba said.

A 2017 survey by Nacada ranked bhang and alcohol as the most consumed, especially in urban centers, with Nairobi and Mombasa leading the way.

In the county’s annual development plan for fiscal year 2022/2023, the town hall budgeted 40 million shillings for the construction of a rehabilitation center. It has also set aside 13 million shillings to publish and distribute promotional material against alcohol and drug abuse. Another Sh4 million has been set aside for youth awareness.

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