Trauma is one of the
top ten causes of male admission in hospitals which most of
the time is related to alcohol abuse.
This was said by the
Minister of Health, Dr Pinkie Manamolela when addressing
stakeholders at a two-day meeting to discuss and share
inputs on the national alcohol policy. The meeting started
on Wednesday 12th at the ministry's headquarters in Maseru.
Dr Manamolela said
according to police reports produced since 2007 to date,
most accidents which occurred were associated with harmful
alcohol usage hence the need to control the use of alcohol
through the policy.
She added that the
policy will amongst others regulate the content and volume
of alcohol, marketing and promotion, increasing the minimum
purchasing age as well as to have effective enforcement
She highlighted that
harmful use of alcohol is a global problem which involves
both individual and social development and causes harm far
beyond the physical and psychological health of a drinker.
mentioned that harmful drinking is a major determinant for
non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular, cirrhosis
of liver and various cancers while it is also associated
with several infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS,
Tuberculosis and sexually transmitted infections.
'This is because
alcohol consumption weakens the immune system and has a
negative effect on patientís adherence to Anti Retroviral
According to World
Health Organisation (WHO) harmful use of alcohol results in
2.5 million deaths each year in which 320,000 young people
between the ages of 15 and 29 die from alcohol related
causes, resulting to nine percent of all deaths in that age
The workshop which
is attended by various stakeholders in alcohol abuse
prevention issues ends on Thursday. The national alcohol
policy draft which is being discussed was first developed in
2007 and was reviewed in February this year.