As part of the activities to assist combat drug addiction among the Ghanaian youth, CHESED Africa under the “Ghetto Raid” initiative, engaged some youth in three ghettos in the Ashaiman Municipality of the Greater Accra region.
Druggies in ghettos at Tabooline were sensitized on the negative impact of drugs on their health.
Ghetto Raid, led by Emmanuel Obeng, a Regional Leadership Centre Fellow of the Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) seeks to restore life and hope to the section of society who are usually regarded as truants.
“Drugs abuse and addiction is a bane to societal development and Ghetto Raid is geared towards campaigning against the impact of drugs on the youth and how we can help them overcome addiction”.
Some of the addicts were lost in reflection as the crew engaged them on their journeys.
Kwashie, 32, described how he got involved in substance abuse to ZAMI Reports’ Collins Kwabena Nsiah.
“I used to see my boss smoke and one day I tried it. I noticed it made me feel good but I hid it from him”.
“My dream was to give my baby a better life but it looks impossible”, a teary Lydia Apoo reveals how her baby was separated from her due to her addiction to drugs.
Personal details of the 100 addicts were collated for follow up and monitoring by Ghetto Raid and its partner, the House of St. Francis Rehab Center.
“We also looking at government helping out in this project. Mobilizing the logistics has not been easy”.
The Ghetto Raid team consists of professional social workers, church workers, university students who all work as volunteers.
Health professionals working at state-funded psychiatric hospitals in Ghana estimate that about 10% of inpatient, and between 20% and 30% of outpatient cases are now linked to substance abuse according to a 2016, research report by Lucia Bird.
Ashaiman in 2016, topped in illicit drug trade and use in the Greater Accra region according to the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB).
Though no definite figure was mentioned, by the then Regional Commander Esinam Ansah Offei, she however revealed most of the persons involved were the youth.
Collins Kwabena Nsiah|www.zamireports.com|Accra.