The Addis Ababa University dean of students, in collaboration with the Food, Medicine and Health Care Administration and Control Authority (FMHACA) and Mequamia Community Development Organization (MCDO), organized a one day workshop on tobacco control directives and substance abuse problem at Eshetu Cholé Hall on 24th March, 2016.

According to Ato Yehulu Denekew, Director General of FMHACA, the main objective of this workshop is to promote drug and tobacco free generation in the campus. The workshop focused on two areas: national tobacco proclamation in relevance to Addis Ababa University and the negative effect of drug and tobacco addiction in the country.

Speaking on the workshop Admasu Tsegaye (PhD), President of Addis Ababa University, stated that the University produces educated people expected to tackle various problems of the community. He then noted that the University has a responsibility in protecting this crop of young students from drugs, tobacco, alcohol and other dangerous medicine as they have a negative bearing on their effectiveness. He also went on to say that the University needs to build student awareness on the issue as it would help create mentally, morally and psychologically strong generation capable of protecting personal and societal health.

Addis Ababa University top management, teachers, students, lawmakers and representatives of different governmental organizations attended the program.

Among the various researchers who presented their papers to participants of the program was Ato Mengistab W/Aregaye from World Health Organization who dealt with the global and national tobacco situation and the Ethiopian tobacco control directive legal frame-work. After explaining the harm caused by smoking tobacco and other related effects, he pointed out that the community in general has the responsibility of shielding present and future generations from the looming danger of addiction.

Finally, manager of Mequamia Community Development Organization, Ato Elias Kalayu presented the organization’s best practice on drug and tobacco free campus benchmark and establishment of drug free clubs such as the one in Mekelle University.

Source: Addis Ababa University
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