Day of the African Child: Government delves on the phenomenon of drug abuse

The Minister of Social Affairs, Pauline Irene Nguene has officially launched the third edition of the Boulevard for the protection of the child in Cameroon.

The ceremony took place on Thursday 13th June 2019 at the esplanade of the Yaounde IV  Council.

The event is part of activities to mark the 29th edition of the Day of the African child to be observed on 16th June.

For five days, there will be a series of educative talks on the need to protect children against drug abuse.

The Minister of Social Affairs Pauline Irene Nguene while launching the event, said drug abuse is an emerging social ill in the Cameroonian society.

Statistics from the Ministry of Social Affairs indicate that 15% of school going children of ages 13/ 15 consume narcotics.

Some 39% of Cameroonians are also susceptible to smoking tobacco.

To address the situation, government and partners have opted for education and surveillance as preventive measures.

The Boulevard for the protection of child is therefore a forum to highlight the need to protect young Cameroonians against the consumption of narcotics and psychotropic substances.

Organisers project that at the end of the exercise, over three thousand children would have reached.

Bruno Ndonwie Funwie

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