The Emir of Dass, Alhaji Usman Biliyaminu Othman has promised that traditional institutions in Bauchi state will continue to support enlightenment and other efforts to create awareness to understand the dangers of taking hard drugs among their people and it’s effects on the society.
He disclosed this in Bauchi while speaking at an Annual General and Scientific Meeting of the Medical and Dental Association of Nigeria, Abubabakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital, Bauchi Branch.
The Emir who is the Chairman of the Bauchi State Action Committee against Polio, lamented the high rate of drug abuse and the way it is destroying individuals, families and it’s other attendant socio-economic effects on the society.
He called on stakeholders to involve traditional rulers in the fight against the menace which he said will help reduce the rate at which drug and other substances abuse is rising in communities.
“By bringing in traditional leaders to partner with medical personnel, we have seen more and more progress, acceptability of our medical personnel in our rural communities,” he stated.
Emir Othman further informed that people engaged in farming and menial jobs have also fallen victims of drug abuse due to the notion that some of the drugs enhance productivity.
“Most of our farming communities are taking drugs, even Tramadol, in order to boost their energy so that they can work well in the farm,”he added.
The Emir also lamented that some housewives and young women have also fallen into the fray.
“Our wives and women at home that are into petty trading are taking drugs so that they can work extra hard in order to earn more and that is causing a lot of issues in our matrimonial homes and places of day-to-day activities.
According to him, illicit drug business brings so much money to the people selling the drugs while destroying homes and communities at an alarming rate.
“the most dangerous aspect of it is the utilization of these drugs by our young men and women. Although codeine costs very high but “you’ll be surprised to note that these young men go extra mile to get money and buy these products in order to utilise them in the wrong way,”he lamented.
The Emir also lamented the attitude of some communities towards Orthodox medicine which deprive them of accessing accessing medical care despite government’s efforts to provide good healthcare delivery system in the state.
He said that his presence was an indication that exists there is synergy between traditional institutions and the health sector in the state.
He said that the synergy will help build confidence and trust which will spur people to accept healthcare programmes and access medical care.
He added that the relationship between medical personnel and communities must be prioritise as according to him, it is the key that will help improve healthcare delivery.
In his address, the Guest Lecturer, Dr. Moses Audu, an Associate Professor and Consultant Psychiatrist, Jos University Teaching Hospital, who delivered a paper on the theme: the Menace of Drug Abuse” called on parents to monitor the activities of their children which he said will help reduce drug abuse among young adults.