Kenyan top female boxer undergoing rehabilitation in Thika
National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA) has committed to settle the cost of one month for former boxer Conjestina Achieng who has been placed on a three-month rehabilitation programme at a Thika-based facility.
Sports personality Carol Radull highlighted the boxer’s state through social media, and initiated a funds-drive in conjuction with ‘Conje’s’ son and mother to raise funds for her treatment costs and livelihood support after treatment.
“We are pleased to announce that she is responding well to treatment following her admission to Mediva Wellness Centre early last month. Although the Authority does not have a budget line for treatment of persons with drug use disorders, we were obliged to join the rest of Kenyans who were responding to the call to the plight of the former boxing Champion,” said Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Victor Okioma.
Okioma underscored the need to ensure that ‘Conje’ was taken through the rehabilitation process in good time to avoid further deterioration of the her health.
She had previously been admitted to another rehabilitation facility for a few months with the support of Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi and her current condition was due to a relapse.
“We call on other Kenyans of goodwill and partners to support this initiative so that this icon of female boxing in Kenya receives the much needed treatment and support so that she can get back on her feet.
As a role model to many and upcoming boxers, her good health is important so that she can continue mentoring young boxers,”added Okioma.
While acknowledging that relapse is part of recovery, the Authority has vowed to continue supporting the boxer and her family throughout this process.
NACADA further urges the community and media to play a key role in destigmatizing mental health issues.
They CEO also called on county governments to invest in public rehabilitation facilities to enhance access to affordable rehabilitation services as most of the existing centres are private and commercial and therefore inaccessible to majority of needy Kenyans.