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Drug abuse rampant among school going children in Luanshya


THERE is rampant drug abuse among school going children in Luanshya and we suspect that the vice is one of the key contributing factors to the high HIV prevalence rate in the area, Luanshya District Commissioner Oncemore Ngonomo has said.

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Mr Ngonomo said it was unfortunate that the vice had continued going without being detected.

He said that the extent of the damage caused by drug abuse to the youth came to light recently when one school going youth experienced brain damage because of the vice. 

“The youth, as we are talking is still undergoing treatment.

“This is disturbing especially for a pupil to experience, not only for them but the guardians as well,” he said.

Mr Ngonomo also called on donor partners such as the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to work with schools that were struggling to deal with various issues affecting pupils.

He said such vices made pupils vulnerable to HIV/AIDS among other dangers of society.



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