A press conference was held at the premises of Prottoy Medical Clinic Limited Wednesday to launch a nationwide anti-drug awareness campaign with the slogan “Ar madok noy, ei hok prottoy” (To be drug free, committed we shall be).
Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Anisul Haque was present as the chief guest.
As special guests, Mashrafe bin Mortaza, captain of Bangladesh ODI team, Dr. Syed Imamul Hossain, chief consultant of department of narcotics control and Nazmul Haque, chairman of Prottoy Medical Clinic were present.
The chief guest stated during his speech, “Drug abuse has stood out as a major hurdle against the development of this nation”.
He also mentioned that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has vowed to make Bangladesh a drug free country, and stated that drug abuse cannot be eliminated just by enforcing law, rather nationwide awareness and resistance needs to be built, which will surely be more effective in tackling this very issue.
Mashrafe informed, “Today’s youth, ones with overwhelming potential, could take the Bangladesh sports arena to the next level but they are just losing their way in the vicious world of drugs and wasting their lives. Bangladesh needs these talents to break free of this dark world and walk towards a brighter future."
The Tigers ODI skipper added, "Therefore, I pledge to work towards making Bangladesh drug free and ask you all to unite in this effort.”
Dr. Imamul spoke about department of narcotics control’s roles and measures towards prevention of drug abuse.
Nazmul, in his opening speech, said, “Drug addiction is one of the most critical issues of Bangladesh. Prottoy Medical Clinic recognises the gravity of this problem and strongly believes that this can be resolved by generating nationwide awareness and building a definite resistance against drugs.”
The speakers at the press conference all vowed to work towards prevention of drug abuse.
They deducted that the only way to eradicate drug from Bangladesh is by generating nationwide awareness.