Mendefera — At a meeting conducted at the Halhale College of Business and Economics call has been made on students and youth to avoid harmful addictions that could endanger their health.
Pharmacist Freminatos Misgina, Head of Pharmaceutical services at the Health Ministry's branch office in the region, reminded the students to be aware of the negative consequences of smoking and drinking alcohol, and that they should concentrate on their education.
Dr. Samson Abai, from the Southern region Referral Hospital, on his part gave briefings on the incidences of diseases, death, and disability as well as social and economic problems due to drinking alcohol.
Likewise, Mr. Tsegai Andebrhan, pharmaceutical expert, called on the college students to develop peer education on top of the efforts being exerted by the government to enable them avoid harmful addictions.
The participants on their part expressed appreciation for the briefings they were provided, and called for the sustainability of such education programs.
It is to be recalled that in the Southern region smoking is prohibited at offices, schools as well as at transport service stations.