Govt urged to set up mechanism for enforcing alcohol policy

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The Primary Health Care Education and Training Trust has urged Government to put in place necessary mechanisms for implementing the recently approved national alcohol policy aimed at curbing abuse of the substance.

Care Education and Training Trust Executive Director Clement Sakala adoption of the National Alcohol Policy is a milestone achievement.

Dr. Sakala expressed this in a statement released to media in Lusaka.

He commended government for approving the implementation of the National Alcohol Policy that will provide a legal framework to address escalating levels of alcohol abuse among youths and adults in the country.

Dr. Sakala said there is need for government to quickly put in place systems to implement the policy so that it does not waste away on the shelves.

He pointed out that the increase in alcohol intake by young people has resulted in moral decay and has been linked to Gender Based Violence (GBV), sexual assault cases, rape and defilements.

Dr. Sakala said Alcohol Harm Reduction Project under his institute is optimistic that the alcohol policy will help stem the tide of destruction among youths and adults in the country.

He appealed to stakeholders in the country to partner with government in implementing the policy to address the widespread scourge of alcohol abuse.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. If only we had enough prison room the following should imprisoned. ..those selling beer to unlicensed traders, those operating outside hours, those selling to underage, those driving under the influence. Otherwise it’s at personal level where all responsibility lies.

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  2. THIS A MILESTONE INDEED.BUT LET GOVT BE SERIOUS ON THIS ONE AND ENSURE IT IS IMPLEMENTED SO WE MAY RESCUE DETERIORATING MORALS IN THE LAND.

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  3. You’re right except very soon another NGO will turn up and accuse the same policy of infringing on women’s rights and eroding the prospects for gender equality.

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    • I see where you are coming from. Africa should not embrace the 3rd wave feminism. It is a dangerous thing. We support ladies, but in the west they have become uncontrollable kikikiki.

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  4. When I was much younger we had laws that governed who could and could not enter a pub, who could or could not sell alcohol and at what time, etc. I believe all those things are still on the books. Trouble always is when we suddenly think relevance is in repeating what we already have as if it is something new. Empower municipalities to continue enforcing their bylaws so that different vices peculiar to specific places in the nation are addressed specifically and according to their idiosyncrasies… is that so difficult mwa bantu!?

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  5. We need to do it surely but slowly. It’s painful to realise that most Zambians have adopted this as a life style. It will face a lot of resistance but let’s go.

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