Baramita considers rum ban

-Toshao bemoans lack of action on addressing village’s plight

Sharmain Rambajue

As Baramita, in Region One, continues to grapple with the effects of widespread alcohol abuse, it is considering a ban on the sale of rum in the community, according to Toshao Sharmain Rambajue, who says that visits by high-ranking government officials to the community have largely failed to result in tangible action to address its problems.

Rambajue told Stabroek News yesterday that she can only recall one public meeting being held by the Inter-Ministerial Task Force, set up by government to address alcoholism, domestic violence, including sexual abuse, and teenage pregnancy, to hear the views of the community’s people.

The task force includes the Ministers of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, Communities, Social Protection, Public Security, Health, and Natural Resources.    ….

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