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Below were the winners
Primary School level
National winner: Namakula Rebecca Edith, Seeta Parents Primary School
1st Runner up: Koki Musyoka, Aga Khan Primary School
2nd Runner up: Mutalindwa Blair Bruno, Iganga Boys Boarding Primary School
Central Region: Kemigisha Favour, P5, lady Bird Primary School, Matugga.
South Eastern region: Ojambo John Patrick, P5 Mwiri Primary School, Jinja
Eastern Region: Onyango Dorcus, P7, Rock View Primary School, Tororo
West Nile Region: Dunia Dorcus, P7, Arua Demonstration School Arua
South Western Region: Arinaitwe Agatha, Coloma Primary School, Mbarara
Western Region: Kirungi jonathan, P7, Flobetto Primary School, Hoima
Northern Region: Okello Benson, P6, St. Kizito Primary School, Lira
Secondary School Level
National Winner: Aketch Irene, S6, Tororo Progressive Secondary School
1st Runner up: Mitala Dennis, S4, St Mary's College Kisubi, Wakiso
2nd Runner up: Mwangu Anita, S3, Gayaza High School Wakiso
Central Region: Kenyana Sheila, S3, St Mark's College Namagoma
South Eastern Region: Tenywa Erias, S2, Namilyango College, Mukono
Eastern Region: Yatuwa Esther, S5, Tororo Girls School
West Nile Region: Ayiko Samuel, S5, St Josephs' College Ombachi, Koboko
South Western Region: Ninsiima Elizabeth, Mbarara Secondary School
Western Region: Droma Stephen, S6, St John Bosco Minor Seminary, Hoima
Northern Region: Obua Emmanuel, Abdalla Anyum Memorial College, Kamdini
STATEMENT BY THE GUEST OF HONOUR AT THE NDA SCHOOLS' ESSAY COMPETITION WINNERS' EVENT TUESDAY 12, SEPTEMBER 2017
The Secretary to the Authority
Managing Director, Vision Group
The Essay Panelists and Markers
Essay participants and their Parents/Guardians
Staff of NDA, Vision Group, Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen
On behalf of Ministry of Health, let me take this opportunity to congratulate National Drug Authority (NDA) and Vision Group for having taken this initiative of engaging school going children under the Newspapers in Education Project to increase awareness levels and inculcate a culture for safe medicine use among the young population and the general public.
As a Principle Medical Officer in charge of control of substance abuse, I am greatly delighted for the NDA/Vision project partnership having taken another level of engaging pupils/students on measures and means of mitigating drug and substance abuse in schools. Drug and substance abuse has become a big challenge not only in schools but the entire Ugandan community.
The essay competition that has attracted over 100 schools from various parts of the country, aimed at demonstrating alternative means that can be used to free the learning environment of drug and substance abuse. The Ministry of Health commends NDA for this new initiative of fostering community relationships by empowering the students/pupils on proposing ways of mitigating drug and substance abuse in their learning environment. This will not only benefit children, but will strengthen NDA's relationship with them for collective action in delivering on its mandate.
The MoH in its proposal for setting up a food and drug Authority when adopted, will empower NDA to have a comprehensive programme for control of substance abuse both legal and illicit including alcohol.
Gone are the days when public organizations would just give directive without involving the stakeholders, the involvement of pupils/students will go a long way in solving the drug and substance abuse in their environment, because they know their environment better. Since peer pressure is known to fuel substance abuse it is also possible to use peer influence to prevent and control substance abuse.
Uganda has a high disease burden; therefore, medicines remain one of the most critical inputs for the government of Uganda to deliver quality health services to its population, and should not over burden with the treatment of drug and substance abuse cases yet there are feasible means of prevent them.
The drug traffickers and pushers would wish our schools to be recruiting ground for initiation on substance abuse. However, with initiatives like this one where key media houses in partnership with government enforcement agencies, we shall succeed in fighting their efforts.
This is because, the wealth of ideas that has been generated in the essay competition are feasible and working with various government ministries, departments and authorities, the Ministry of Health's system will be greatly enhanced in preventing drug and substance abuse not only in schools but our communities as a whole.
To the essay competition winners, I congratulate you, and through your efforts the Ministry of Health will use the answers in your essays required in solving this budding challenge of drug and substance abuse. This is especially so as we develop the Alcohol and Drug Control policies.
It is my request that the interaction with the schools will not be the last but shall continue to be an annual event to enable us hear from this important segment of our society to enrich government plans on substance abuse control..
Thank you for being such valuable partners in the course of finding workable solutions of freeing our population from drug and substance abuse.
Your Safety is NDA's Priority.