NACOB celebrates World Drugs Day “We need to listen in order to appreciate their concerns, doubts, fears, beliefs, ideas, and so on. We need to listen first in order to address their concerns.
We need to listen and listen well in order to correct misconceptions and doubts lingering on their minds. If you fail to listen, someone else will and lead them on the wrong path, the path of rare return.
By failing to listen first, you are predisposing the child to danger,…”
These were contained in a speech of the Deputy Minister for Interior, Hon. Ambrose Dery, that was read on his behalf by his Deputy, Hon. Henry Quartey, at the commemoration of the 2017 Word Drug Day Celebration.
Speaking on the theme, “Listen First – Listening to Children and Youth is the First Step to Help Them Grow Healthy and Safe”, he congratulated the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) on the hard work they have done for the past 20 years and urges parents and all to have a listening ear to children and youth.
NACOB celebrates World Drugs Day
He also mentioned that among the dangers posed by illicit drug business is the health implications and therefore urged that the issue of substance abuse “be looked at as a public health issue” that warrants a “public health approach; focusing on treatment and rehabilitation of abusers and addicts instead of incarceration.”
In the same light, he hinted that in the Narcotics Control Commission Bill 2017, “it is being proposed that offenders relating to abuse and addiction would first be granted opportunity to seek treatment”
Various prizes were presented to Senior High Schools who took part in a quiz competition and various organizations and individuals who helped make the entire program a success.
Source: Ghana |Ghana Health News | Akwasi Worlanyo |