29 Mar 2007

Samoa's council of churches calls for more programmes for young people

9:00 am on 29 March 2007

Samoa's Council of Churches says there are not enough preventative measures put in place to stop the country's young people from drinking methanol spirits.

The comment follows last week's incident which saw two men die and three others admitted to hospital after drinking methanol spirits.

The General Secretary of the National Council of Churches, The Reverend Sepa'i Kolia, says the problem of young people abusing such spirits is not new.

He says the whole community should be involved in ensuring more awareness programmes and preventative measures are set up.

"Our strong message is to stop. It is a task for everyone. Those who own the pharmacy must also contribute in educating the young people through using the local language. Not only the church but also the Ministry of Health and NGOs and the community at large."

Reverend Kolia says language barriers can mean some youths are unable to read the danger warnings on methylated spirits packaging.