Female political leaders in Mombasa have been challenged to put efforts in taming drug addiction among women in Mombasa.
The leaders have been further tasked to work closely with anti-drug organisation Reachout Centre Trust in ensuring women immersed in drug addiction are helped out of the menace.
Reachout Centre Trust Programs manager Faizah Hamid noted despite a surge in the number of female drug users in Mombasa and other parts of the Coast region, nothing tangible is being discussed or implemented at the political level in a bid to arrest the situation.
Speaking in Mombasa over the weekend the female anti-drug czar said that women political leaders are at a better position to push on progressive anti-drug policies in ensuring female drug users are fully assisted out of the menace.
She said if women leaders develop a proper action plan which will focus more on taming drug addiction among women, they will positively impact the fight against drug use in the region.
“If we focus more on female drug users, we are also containing HIV prevalence in the county since women addicts engage in sex work to get money for drugs,” noted Ms. Hamid.
She urged the women political leaders to also push for a free female rehabilitation centre which will enable women addicted to drugs assisted.
“Apart from free rehabilitation centre for women who use drugs, we also need a safe house where these women will gate their basic needs, by doing so they will be brought closer to anti-drug counselors who will in turn help them out of addiction,” she added.
Ms. Hamid noted that women political leaders have taken a back seat in the fight against drugs especially in Mombasa.
She said drug addiction among women was evident and that the leaders vividly understood the magnitude of the security and social problem as well.
She also challenged female activists to show the zeal and to focus more on dissuading women affected by drug addiction.
Hamid said the menace should not be left to the anti-drug organisation or anti-drug activists alone but should be seen as a political and community responsibility too.