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Archbishop Kaziimba Shows Concern Over Youth’s Rate Of Drug Abuse

Dr. Stephen Samuel Kaziimba Mugalu, the Archbishop of Church of Ugandan has expressed concern over the young generation’s rate of drug and alcohol abuse.

He made the remarks during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to implement a drug abuse prevention programme. This will take place in the Church of Uganda(COU) founded secondary schools.

“The ultimate objective of this partnership is to help youths in secondary schools, to avoid initiation into the use of drugs, or, if they have started already, to avoid developing disorders,” said Kaziimba.

This partnership between NDA and the Anglican Church has over 13 million believers coincided with the visit of the Archbishop. He earlier inspected NDA’s quality control laboratory in Mulago.

The NDA spokesperson, Abiaz Rwamwiri says they have been doing a lot to end drug and substance abuse, especially among the youths.

“NDA has been working with the Church of Uganda, especially with the Northern Uganda Diocese. And this Memorandum of Understanding will widen her collaboration with COU that is affiliated with several other institutions including schools, universities and media platforms,” he said.

“The COU for a long time has exhibited a strong stand against drug and substance abuse. Its teachings and this MOU will synergize NDA and the COU capabilities to reach many more Ugandans with the message of preventing drug and substance abuse,” Rwamiri added.

Uganda signed and ratified the United Nations (UN) Narcotic Convention in 2015. Uganda has a narcotic law that criminalizes substance abuse. This was all in a bid to fight drug abuse.

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