Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – Sierra Leone’s newly appointed Social Welfare Minister, Melrose Karminty, has unveiled a comprehensive plan to address the Kush crisis in the country, focusing on the rehabilitation of addicts.
During a briefing held on Tuesday at the Foreign Affairs Ministry in Freetown, Minister Karminty highlighted the detrimental impact of Kush on the nation’s youth, emphasizing the urgent need for action.
Minister Karminty outlined several tangible rehabilitation initiatives that her ministry intends to pursue in collaboration with other organizations and the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
“We will establish dedicated rehabilitation centres equipped to provide psychosocial counselling support,” stated Melrose Karminty.
The minister also stressed the importance of a comprehensive approach that includes contact tracing of Kush addicts’ families and reintegration into their respective communities. She revealed plans to engage the Interreligious Council in Sierra Leone, which encompasses both Christian and Muslim leaders (Pastors and Imams), to support efforts to eliminate the mindset of Kush addiction.
“We have initiated discussions with the Minister of Internal Affairs and the Minister of Works to identify a suitable location for these rehabilitation centres,” she added.
Looking ahead, Minister Karminty assured the public that her ministry would provide regular updates on their activities related to the rehabilitation plans.
Civil Activist Juliet Kaikai from ADVOCAID expressed her concerns about Kush survivors, its legal and social welfare implications, and called for a more significant focus on social, legal, law enforcement agencies, and environmental systems to eradicate Kush and mitigate its impact on youths and children. AJ/31/8/2023