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.