ACTIVITIES TO MARK THE 2015 UNITED NATION’S DAY AGAINST DRUG ABUSE AND ILLICIT TRAFFICKING, 26TH JUNE 2015.
Theme: LET’S DEVELOP OUR LIVES, OUR COMMUNITIES, OUR IDENTITIES, WITHOUT DRUGS
Sub theme: Support, Don’t Punish!
The celebration of the 2015 United Nation’s day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking was marked with series of activities. The Quintessential Healthcare Centre (QHC) in a special way organised events and activities in marking the day. Among the activities were enlightenment campaigns, advocacy visits, radio programs, public lecture/ press briefing and a party for recovering drug users at the QHC facility in Jos. As it is was carried out in other parts of the world, the centre produced customised t-shirts for the celebration of the day in line with the theme/sub theme for the year.
The activities were as follows:
VISITS TO SCHOOLS:
The QHC team wore the t-shirts with the “SUPPORT, DON’T PUNISH” logos to some schools within Jos, Plateau State Nigeria with their campaign banners and delivered lectures to the students. The awareness talks were well delivered, and the team provided brief counseling and support to some drug users among the staff and students.
The team visited and carried out enlightenment campaigns at Command Secondary School Jos, and Government College Jos.
Command secondary school: The team gave a talk on the theme of the year to the entire students of command secondary school Jos in the early hours of the day. All the students gathered at the assembly ground together with the commandant and staffs of the school where the talk were delivered. All their questions and concerns were fully attended to.
Government college Jos: The team proceeded to give similar talk to the staff and students of Government college Jos. It was an interactive session, and all their question and concern were addressed adequately. In attendance were the principal, staff and students of the college.
The centre presented a one-hour live radio program on Rhythm FM 93.7 Jos as a way of reaching the general public. The program took place from 10:00am to 11:00am that same day. During the program, the team discussed and attended to the various issues and questions relating to the celebration of the day and the campaign against drug abuse and illicit trafficking.
Listeners were allowed to call in during the live program to make comments, contributions and ask questions.
The program was an oppurtunity that created great awareness to the general public, as well as educate them about the dangers of drug abuse.
3. PUBLIC LECTURE / PRESS BRIEFING
The centre partnered with the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in organising a press briefing and public lecture at the Nigerian Union of Journalist (NUJ) Centre in Jos to mark the celebration of the day. A staff of the NDLEA presented a lecture on drug abuse and illicit trafficking in Nigeria.
4. A PARTY AT QHC FACILITY
The centre also organised a special party at the facility for the recovering drug users undergoing rehabilitation. The event was marked by staff, client and family members of both the staff and clients. There was enough to eat and drink. Music entertainment was provided by an invited DJ, and everyone danced and celebrated the day.
Some highlights are below.
Client’s relations, outpatients, discharged clients and other organizations were invited, and they witnessed the event. Among the organizations that came, the NDLEA staff was in attendance (including the Jos DDR commander). The crew from NTA also witnessed the celebration, among others.
Musical entertainment was provided a hired DJ
The entire program of the day was covered by NTA crew members, and footage of the event was aired on the NTA 7:00pm news of the same day.
A photo album with pictures that captured the entire event of the celebration of the United Nations Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on the 26th June 2015 was produced for record and documentation purpose and kept at the facility
The event ended successfully to the glory of God at about 6:30 pm with everyone very happy and satisfied. In spite of the heavy rains that fell on that day, all the activities that were scheduled and planned by the center for the day were all carried out successfully, and no major hitch, injury or damage was recorded.