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Alcohol abuse blamed for poor performance in the public service

Tuesday November 20 2012

By NATION REPORTER

Alcohol abuse is to blame for poor performance, lack of concentration and safety risk in the public sector, Rift Valley PC Osman Warfa said on Monday.

The escalation of alcohol and drug abuse among public service employees, he said, had adversely affected efforts to realise the country’s social and economic goals.

Speaking while opening a Public Sector Institutions training on alcohol and drug abuse in Nakuru, the PC said alcoholism remained a big hindrance to the achievement of Vision 2030.

The five-day training has been organised by the National Campaign Against Drugs Abuse (Nacada).

A recent research by the agency indicated that more than 33 per cent of employees in the public sector were taking alcohol.

The research also revealed that 8.5 and 3.8 per cent of the same employees were using tobacco and miraa respectively, while 1.1 and 0.4 per cent were on bang and narcotics.

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Another report by Nacada revealed that 13.3 per cent of Kenyans use alcohol while 9.1 and 4.2 per cent use tobacco and miraa, respectively.

Mr Warfa called on government agencies to bolster efforts towards reducing alcoholism and drug abuse among public service employees.

He hailed the government for enacting legislation to control legal and illicit brews and coming up with initiatives such as free education, which help combat alcoholism.

The training aims at equipping participants with knowledge on Alcoholic Drinks Control Act of 2010, understanding signs of alcohol and drug abuse among other key issues.