Alcohol, Tramadol not medicines for learning -Deputy UE/R Minister cautions students

Date: Friday August 16, 2019, 10:50 pm

By: WatchGhana.Com/Godwin Nkunu

Hon. Frank Fuseini Adongo, Deputy Minister-UE/R in smock

The Upper East Regional Deputy Minister, Hon. Frank Fuseini Adongo has cautioned the youth most especially students to stop using alcohol, tramadol and other drugs abusively as means of stimulating themselves for long-hour studies. He said tramadol and acohol are not medicines for learning.

According to the Minister, the use of tramadol and alcohol no matter how small or little could completely ruin or jeopardise their future and also waste the huge investments their parents and the government are making in them.

Saying, “tramadol abuse is very dangerous so the youth must stay away from it”. Tramadol, sold under the brand name Ultram among others, is an opioid pain medication used to treat moderate to moderately severe pains, but it has several side effects and can cause serious health risk when taken with or after alcohol.

Hon. Frank Fuseini Adongo gave the warning at the 2019 National Conference of the Ghana Blue Cross held in Bolgatanga on the theme “Go and make Disciples of All Nations; Discipling Alcohol and other Drugs Addicts”.

The Deputy Minister who is a health practioner by training said drugs are chemicals that affect the body and brain as different drugs could have different effects on the body and consequently people react differently to drugs they used.


He added that some effects of drugs include health consequences that are long – lasting which could even continue after a person has stopped using it.

Hon. Adongo therefore, charged the youth to justify the huge investment the government is making in the area of the Free Senior High School so that in short distant future the nation can boast of qualified Engineers, Doctors, Teachers and Commercial Farmers to drive the government flagship programmes like the one district one factory, planting for food and jobs and rearing for food and jobs among others.

He equally appealed to the religious bodies to join the crusade against the canker, adding “in this crusade, religious organizations have a vital role to play in spreading the message of good conduct”.

He further added that religious leaders must not only be preaching good moral virtues but must also be seen to be practicing them and being good role models for their members to emulate.

Mr. Johnson Dorlah, the National Secretary of Ghana Blue Cross said as part of their core mandate the society visited some Junior High Schools in Ashanti Region where they interacted with the students and gave them talks on the dangers associated with alcohol and tramadol.

The President of the Ghana Blue Cross, Rev. Daniel Amoako Nyarko lamented that the society is the least popular organization in the Presbyterian Church of Ghana even though it has an ecumenical organization.

Therefore, he proposed some activities to re-brand it which include engaging the youth at tender age and exposing them to the risk of the use of drugs and alcohol.

He mentioned sporting activities, quizzes, prayer gatherings, film shows, Blue Cross Week Celebrations, symposia among others as means to save the youth destroying their future.

Source: WatchGhana.Com/Godwin Nkunu

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