Varsity’s war against drug and substance abuse

Susan Gitau, NACADA official and a nurse at Mathare Hospital, stresses a point to the audience.

With reported rising cases of drug and substance abuse in the country, the war against drugs is a battle that is yet to be won. With this in mind JKUAT has taken the initiative to vigorously campaign and sensitize the students and create awareness on the effects of drugs and substance abuse. The university kicked off the campaigns during this year’s annual sports week dubbed “Sports Against Drugs” that was sponsored by the University, National Agency for the Campaign Against Drug Abuse (NACADA) and Safaricom. The event was an educative occasion where Susan Gitau, a NACADA official and a nurse at Mathare Hospital, furnished the crowd with gruesome effects of the commonly used drugs like alcohol, cigarettes, bhangi and miraa.

The vice chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga, said that the university was committed into fighting the use of drugs in the institution and had put measures that would see JKUAT free of any form of drugs. This she said, would help the students concentrate on their studies and complete within the stipulated time. ‘we do not only want to graduate 100% of students as admitted in any academic year but we also want to graduate students who are responsible enough to serve our nation.’ Prof Imbuga said.

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