Haufiku condemns alcohol consumption amongst youth

10 May 2017 10:10am
ELOOLO, 10 MAY (NAMPA) - Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr Bernard Haufiku has expressed concern over alcohol consumption amongst young people.
He was speaking at the opening of the Eloolo Primary Health Care (PHC) clinic in the Oshana Region’s Okaku Constituency on Tuesday.
The minister said there has been a marked increase in alcohol consumption amongst young people, adding that laws should be revised to ensure that places that sell alcohol, such as shebeens, close earlier.
“Alcohol is destroying communities,” Haufiku said.
He is not happy with the Liquor Act, as outlets that sell alcohol stay open too late in his opinion.
Haufiku also expressed his displeasure at people who call themselves traditional healers and prophets and who he said, mislead people.
The minister said such individuals offer ‘cures’ for all types of illnesses and go to the extent of informing sick people to stop using medication prescribed by trained health professionals.
“Please don’t listen to this nonsense, they just want to make money,” Haufiku said.
He stated that he would approach Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Tjekero Tweya to discuss the banning of advertisements by individuals who claim to possess medication that can cure all diseases.
The minister emphasised that there are no drugs available that can cure all diseases.
The Ministry of Health and Social Services established the Eloolo PHC Clinic at a cost of some N.dollars 12 million.