The Kenya Ports Authority has donated Ksh.1 million to the Miritini Rehabilitation Centre to push the fight against drug and alcohol abuse in the Coast Region.
During the handover, NACADA Board Chair, Prof. Mabel Imbuga, revealed that the organization is keen on ensuring that the Miritini project positively contributes to the fight against alcohol and drug abuse, a major challenge afflicting the youth in the Coast region.
“From the surveys carried out by the Authority the challenge of alcohol and drug abuse is growing and unless we all join hands to reverse this trend it will undermine our economic development and impact negatively on our security. Our concern is the upsurge in drug abuse in our schools, instituions of learning and the workplace where productivity is undermined by addiction related absenteeism and reduced hours of productive work,” said Imbuga.
Miritini rehabilitation center was establishe in 2015 following a Presidential Directive that saw the transformation of the previous Miritini National Youth Service (NYS) Camp into a Drug Rehabilitation Centre to provide care and support to affected youths.
The center is now operational with one hundred and fifty clients currently receiving a wide range of services including Counselling and Medically Assisted Therapy commonly known as Methadone. This drug is administered daily, and on site, to wean off persons from the use of Heroin.
Patients receive other general services including counselling, medication, HIV AIDS Testing and Counseling and Hepatitis B Testing.
Coast Regional Commander John Elungata revealed that the COVID-19 period had presented an avenue for drug dealers to operate under the guise of ‘essential services providers’ to ply their trade.
“We have information that some drug dealers have been taking advantage of the essential service provisions to ferry drugs within this region under the cover of darkness. They have been masquerading their activities as food delivery and deliberately ensure that they transport the drugs at night. We are not going to leave any stone unturned in our effort to rid this region from the shackles of alcohol and drug abuse. We shall continue partnering with NACADA in the execution of their mandate even as we laud their operationalization of the Miritini rehabilitation center which will be of great benefit to this region,” said Elungata.