The NDLEA has partnered with the Ministry of health in the fight against drug abuse in Nigeria.
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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) took this major leap to improve the overall health of the country. They have partnered with the Cross River Ministry of health in the fight against drug abuse and suicide.
The Cross River State Commissioner for Health Dr Betta Edu vowed to join the NDLEA. She would be assisting the agency to end drug abuse.
During a courtesy visit in Cross River, the NDLEA Commander Edet Anthonia lauded the effort of the Health Commissioner. Also, she appreciated the health minister for improving the healthcare system in the state.
“We’re pleased to meet with you as the purpose of our visit is to interface with you to enable us to chart a way forward to curb the increased rate of Drug Abuse in the State. We’re not ignorant of your wonderful achievements and hard work that has transformed the health sector as your achievements remain tall and too many to list out. You’ve shown commitment and capacity and this Agency remains very proud of you. We can’t go on with this fight without coming to seek that synergy with your Ministry as you have a direct mandate for mental health issues.”
The health commissioner reacted with a warm response. She assured the Commander of intensive collaboration in the fight against drug abuse and suicide.
Dr Betta Edu highlighted some results on drug abuse. They are:
- Mental and societal issues.
She said, “Drug Abuse has today resulted in so many cases of mental/societal issues as well as suicidal cases. It’s alarming as almost every family has someone affected even amongst school children. Of late, they’ve been an increase in such cases due to the high inflow of refugees into our State which comes with its own risk. A Statewide sensitization program in Schools and Communities will go a long way to reduce this menace that has eaten deep into our Youths.
“As a Ministry that is very much interested in the healthy living of her citizens, I want to assure you of our readiness and commitment to join in this fight and save our people. We’ll work as a team to create innovative strategies to reach our target. Let me strongly commend the efforts and drive of the National Leadership/Chairman of NDLEA for their commitment and efficiency as they’ve recorded much success in this fight in recent times.”