Ghana Blue Cross appeals for support

Koforidua (E/R)� The Ghana Blue Cross, a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) is appealing to government, corporate organizations and philanthropists to support it to advocate against alcohol abuse in Senior High Schools (SHS).

The project, which is dubbed, ”Ghana Blue Cross school awareness project (BC-SAP)” is to be set up in all SHS’s in the country.

The project would be piloted at Odorgonor SHS and Presbyterian SHS at Osu, to ascertain its impact.

The project, apart from educating the students against the abuse of illegal substances, would also identify the unfortunate ones, who have already fallen victims to substance abuse and help them out through counselling and rehabilitation, to enable them go back to their studies.

The General Secretary of the Ghana Blue Cross, Rev. Patrick Adjei Acheampong made the appeal at the Eastern Regional breakfast meeting of the society at Koforidua.

He said his outfit and other organizations would embark on a vigorous campaign against drug abuse, since the situation keeps getting worse with the introduction of attractive and more destructive ones.

This he believed, was due to the relatively low concern on the part of government, the church and all those matter to deal with the situation in a more concerted and collaborative way.

The alarming thing is that most young people have been exposed to alcohol and other psychoactive substances abuse and if no action is taken, the worse could happen.

The Deputy Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Ms Gifty Twum said parents, in a haste to raise money to support their families, have neglected their responsibilities, resulting in most children going wayward.

She said organizations, which had embarked on awareness creation among the youth must be supported in all fields, to enable them to achieve the needed results.

The Deputy Minister said the youth must be trained to be assertive so that they will be able to take bold decisions and speak against bad habits and ills in the society.

Ms Irene Okyere, Drugs Demand Reduction Department of the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB), said her outfit was in full support of the project and is ready to collaborate with the Blue Cross in their campaign in the form of sensitization and logistics.

She said the drug issue was a societal problem and therefore needed all the citizenry to massively join the fight against it, because no family is safe.

Source: Ghana News Agency