Youth in Mombasa are challenged to dissuade from alcoholism and drug use during the festive season.
Reachout Centre Trust filed Officer Hassan Omar Abdallah said that Christmas celebrations should not plunge youth into excessive alcohol and drugs.
Speaking at Changamwe in Mombasa during Christmas celebrations, Hassan urged youth to be very cautious while celebrating Christmas and ushering in the New Year, saying that youth were vulnerable to drugs and other negativity in the society.
He urged youth to focus more on their future even when celebrating.
“You have various assignments and other basic roles to play after the celebrations, you have to go back to school, carry on with your income generating activities among other basic responsibilities, do not lose focus,” he told the youth.
Hassan who is also in charge of creating awareness and fighting drugs use among youth in Changamwe and Jomvu Sub-Counties said that many youth became drug users after a simple sip of alcohol during a Christmas night party.
“I will not relent in asking parents to be vigilant during the festive season some of the reckless behaviours among the youth are as a result of poor parenting,” noted Mr. Hassan.
He also cautioned youth against indulging in irresponsible sexual activities especially along the beaches.
He said that it has been the norm where youth meet up and have sex while at the beaches warning that such irritating behaviours may lead to some contracting HIV.