Drive launched to save Karamoja from booze

Moroto.

Straight Talk Foundation Moroto field office has launched a campaign against excessive alcohol drinking, which is ruining people’s lives in Karamoja. The campaign, funded by Unicef, was launched on Thursday at Moroto District chamber hall.

Speaking at the launch of the campaign, Ms Biira Gedi, the officer in charge of Straight Talk Foundation Moroto office, said the campaign targets especially the young people, who are the most vulnerable to alcohol abuse in the district.

Mr Joseph Aleper, a senior education officer in Moroto, said children have dropped out of school due to alcohol drinking.

The district health director, Dr Vincent Muron, said alcohol has also killed and deformed many people in Moroto and also led to malnutrition.

“Alcohol is a silent killer here in Moroto. When you move around Moroto Municipality, you will see many people that have been deformed by alcohol, while others who are naturally black, have become brown, an indication that their lungs, liver and kidneys have been affected by alcohol. They are waiting to die any time,” he said.

In 2013, alcohol killed 20 people in Kosiroi mining site in Tapac Sub-county in Moroto District, while in 2014, eight Local Council chairpersons died in Nadunget Sub-county in Moroto for the same reason.

More deaths
Last year, five health workers in Nakapiripirit District were reported to have died of alcohol. Moroto Deputy Resident District Commissioner, Ms Helen Pulkol, appealed to operators of entertainment centres to block children under the age of 18, from entering bars and video halls.

Ms Pulkol pledged to arrest anyone found drinking early morning.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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