Youths sensitised on HIV, dangers of illicit drugs
A total of 30 young men and women footballers in the West Coast Region were recently sensitised on HIV/AIDS and the dangers associated with the use of illicit drugs.
Held at the Box Bar Mino-Stadium Hall in Brikama, the daylong sensitisation was organised by the Wanderers Friendship Cup of Brikama Misira with the aim of enlightening participants with knowledge on the endemic and the dangers surrounding the use of illicit drugs.
The coordinator of the Wanderers Friendship Cup Jerreh Manneh said the aim of the gathering was not only to equip participants with the right information on HIV/AIDS and the dangers of the use of drug but it also targets to enable them make informed choices and decision to issues concerning their health. “I call on all of you to help disseminate the information to your communities and football clubs”.
Manneh thanked their Danish friends for funding the sensitisation. He also commended the Nova Scotia Gambia Association (NSGA) and the Brikama Youth and Sport Committee for their collaboration.
The NSGA regional coordinator for WCR, Pa Modou Sarr underlined that sensitising young people on HIV/AIDS will help in the attainment of zero new infection and also a Gambia free illicit drug.
The training coordinator of the Health Promotion and Development Organisation (HePDO), Alagie Tambajang said researches have proven that there are several factors that can influence the abuse of drugs among young people, which including peer pressure, weak parental control, child abuse, imitation among others. Smoking, he said particularly causes diseases related to lung infections such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, heart attack, lung cancer, stomach and intestinal ulcer.
According to him, many youth die of drug abuse, stressing the alarming number of young people convicted for drug related reasons.
Landing Sanneh, the national coordinator of the National Enterprise Development Initiative (NEDI) said young people occupies a delicate and sensitive position in the population structure of any country saying if they are not adequately sensitised and counsel, they could easily take to ventures that may eventually lead to loss of lives and resources.
The Brikama Youth and Sports Committee secretary general Alagie Darboe urged participants to join hands and fight against HIV/AIDS and the use of illicit drugs to enhance the country’s socio-economic development.