Miss Vivian Nwogu , a Nurse and the Founder of Nurse Hub Africa, an NGO, has advised Nigerian youths to choose life over drugs and substance abuse in order to reap the reward of their labour.
Nwogu gave this advice at the commemoration of international week of nursing organised by the foundation at the Nile University of Nigeria on Wednesday in Abuja.
She explained that the forum was a campaign against drugs and substance abuse among students of higher institutions across the country.
According to her, the menace of drugs and substance abuse is a major social disorder facing the youths, hence the reason the organisation chose university environments to reach a sizeble numbers of youth persons.
Nwogu said the teeming youth population in the nation’s institutions of higher learning are susceptible to drugs and substance abuse due to ignorance of the negative effects and unhealthy relationship among students.
“We deemed it necessary to enlighten young populace on the danger of drugs abuse, including Cannabis, Cocaine, Heroine, Tobacco and tramol, on the users and non-users alike,’’ she said.
The United Nation Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) states that drug is any chemical substance which when taken into the body by any means whatsoever, brings about biophysical and psychological change on the individual that uses or indulges in it.
“My advice to our teeming youths is they should choose life over drugs, taking drugs will only shorten your lifespan, also makes your life miserable and denied you from achieving much in life,” she said.
Mrs Abere Bethel, a nurse and the cofounder of the organisation, said Nurse Hub Africa was established to promote the status and voices of nurses as first point of contact in every health facility.
Bethel said the organisation took it upon itself to intensify campaigns against drugs and substance abuse in tertiary institutions and the society at large.
Messrs Ango Muhammed and Daniella Doofan, students of the university, who spoke with the Agency of Nigeria appreciated the foundation and described the campaign as an eye opener on the hazardous effects of drugs on the users and non-users alike.
NAN also reports that various presentations on the effects of drugs abuse and feminine hygiene were presented as well as free screening for HIV and hepatitis offered by the foundation.
Edited by Muhammad Suleiman Tola