Rwanda | Kirehe: Drug eradication measures set up for better future
On September 10th 2012, a meeting to set up new measures of eradicating drugs was held in Kirehe district gathered religious leaders, executive secretaries of sectors and head teachers of schools in the area.
This follows a research which showed that drug use has become a catastrophe especially among youth from young children to adults in Rwanda.
Among the effects of drug use is death, illness, disability, poverty in families, school dropout, fornication that leads to Aids.
Bishop Alexis Birindabagabo of EER Anglican Diocese of Gahini; who is the president of The Council of Protestant Churches in Rwanda and acting president of the drugs eradication council highlights they are going to act towards rectifying the problem as religions.
Bishop Birindabagabo adds though they did not participate at first, they will join efforts with the government in fighting to eradicate drug abuse.
Jacqueline Murekatete, vice mayor in charge of social affairs asserts they hope to eradicate drugs like marijuana in this place by combining efforts with religious leaders.
According to the report by National police every year, drug use is increasing in Rwanda. It is said that 1162 kilograms of marijuana have been found in Kirehe district from Tanzania since the beginning of 2012.
Also, Ndera psychiatric hospital revealed 27 percent of the patients received in 2009 suffered drugs effects.
Bishop Alexis Birindabagabo asks every Rwandan to view the problem as his or her own and report drug dealers and users.