A treatment and rehabilitation centre established by the National Campaign Against Drug Abuse NACADA in Elgeyo Marakwet county headquarters will be operational in the next three months.
H.E. Governor Eng. Alex Tolgos EGH, has said the new facility has been merged with the county's Iten Referral Hospital to ease management.
"Our health staff in the referral hospital will start running the rehabilitation centre and thereafter we shall post new personnel," the governor said, making a positive indication for employment opportunities to professional counsellors.
The governor was speaking in Iten Town Wednesday morning in a brief ceremony where NACADA top officials led by the board chairman Lieutenant Colonel (Rtd) Julius Ayub Githiri and the agency Chief Executive Officer Victor Okioma officially handed over the Sh9.8 million establishment to the county government.
The project was entirely funded by NACADA and the county government donated the land for the establishment.
Tolgos said:" As much as we are county of champions in matters of sports, we are also champions in fighting alcoholism. We don't want a drunkard society,"said Tolgos.
He said a number of alcoholic addicts were civil servants who should be helped through the empowerment and rehabilitation centre to overcome the challenge.
Governor Tolgos was the only governor in Kenya recognized by NACADA in 2016 for exemplary duty in the fight against alcoholism in his county, after he spearheaded a massive crackdown on ilicit brew that was criticised and loved in equal measure.
Githiri said Elgeyo Marakwet county is among the counties where people abuse alcohol and other harmful substances that his agency is targeting to eradicate.
The handing over ceremony was also attended by Tourism and Wildlife Principal Secretary PS Susan Koech, County Commissioner Dr. Ahmed Omar, deputy Governor Wisely Rotich, County Secretary Paul Chemuttut, County Executive Committee members CECs Pamela Leah (Public Service) and Kiprono Chepkok (Health).
Members of County Assembly MCAs Jonah Tanui (Soy South) and John Lochaa (Endo) were also in attendance.
Meanwhile, PS Koech who was on an official tour of the county to popularise the Huduma number nationwide campaign addressed a meeting organized by the County Commissioner outside Huduma centre offices in Iten before heading to Kapsowar To:wn, in Marakwet West sub-county for a similar mission.
"As at today we have registered over 200,000 people in Elgeyo Marakwet county against our target of 500,000 people," said the PS.
Governor Tolgos who joined the que to register himself at the Huduma centre asked the residents to embrace the registration drive.