IN a resounding display of national resilience and determination, Zambia’s fight against drug abuse has taken a significant leap forward with the collaborative efforts of the government and the private sector.
The recent visit of Nason Banda, director general of the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC), to the Great North Academy Rehabilitation Center has underscored the nation’s commitment to addressing the pressing issue of drug abuse.
Banda’s presence at the rehabilitation center not only highlighted the government’s dedication but also marked a pivotal moment of partnership between the public and private sectors.
Welcomed by by the Centre’s proprietor Rozious Siatwambo and his dedicated team, the visit left an indelible mark on the rehabilitation center, positioning it as a beacon of hope in the battle against substance abuse.
During the event Dr Siatwambo recounted the center’s achievements over the past five years, revealing that they had attended to over 700 young individuals, ranging from ages 15 to 35, in the past year alone.
These figures stand as a testament to the center’s impact within the community and its steadfast dedication to its mission.
Banda, in his address, shed light on the multifaceted approach taken by the Commission.
He highlighted the agency’s commitment to curbing both the demand and supply aspects of drug abuse, recognizing that the fight extends beyond the immediate issue.
“As a commission, we’ll look at reducing the demand and the supply, but there are the victims now. They are already caught up. They are already having mental issues, for example, and many other related outcomes of this tragedy. What do we do with them? Do we throw them away? Do we forget about them?i Let them die in the bush? We can’t do that,” Banda emphasized.
He commended the Rehabilitation Center’s efforts in actively engaging with the community and stakeholders to tackle the challenge head-on.
Banda also recognized the innovation and dedication of the rehab team in consistently developing new strategies and techniques to combat substance abuse.
By Moses Makwaya
Kalemba August 26, 2023