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Mental Health, Substance Abuse: KNSG Establishes Female Ambassadors to Raise Awareness

By Ayeeshat J Ahmad

The Kano State Government says it has established female anti-drug ambassadors committee centres for  treatment of drug adict, who will collaborate with Community Based Organisations , CBOs, and Non Governmental Organisations, NGOs, to raise awareness on mental health and substance abuse.

The Governor of Kano State Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, made this known at a sensitization of youths on mental health and substance abuse, organized by Office of the Special Adviser on Health Matters, Dr Fauziyya Bubah, held at coronation hall government house Kano.

Dr.Ganduje, said his administration has initiated policies aimed at curtailing the menace of substance abuse.

He emphasized the need, for more efforts from key stakeholders on mental health, saying substance abuse leads to criminal activities, delinquency and other societal vices.

He also said “Preparations have reached advance stage for the smooth take up of Kano drug addiction and control agency under the state’s ministry of health”

In remark Professor Hafsat Abdullahi Umar Ganduje ,kano state first lady, represented by the state Commissioner for Higher Education, Dr Mariya Mahmud Bunkure described the sensitization as apt and timely.

She pointed out that, the state female anti-drug ambassadors and mental health committees, were working assiduously through media engagements, to create awareness.

The First Lady explained that “The state governor is an advocate of gender inclusion and a champion in health promotion and prevention of ailments”

Also speaking, the Special Adviser to kano state governor on Health Matters, Dr. Fauziyya Idris Buba said mental health issues affects individuals irrespective of age, gender or social status, stressing that youths are the most vulnerable, due to challenges they face such as peer group pressure, academic stress and family problems.

She highlighted that, research indicated that, mental health problems such as stress, anxiety and depression, if not treated may lead to severe consequences, including suicide, substance abuse and social isolation.

Our correspondent reports that the event which held at corronation hall Government house attracted students , traditional rulers, commissioners, special assistants and special advisers, among many others.

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