Malawi alcohol body concerned over bottle volume increase
MAPA secretary Nelson Zakeyu told journalists in the capital Lilongwe that the announcement is a contrast to a proposal made in the draft National Alcohol Policy to limit the affordability and accessibility of alcohol in the country.
“The Alliance would like to see a total protection of children by limiting the affordability and accessibility of liquor at all means and 100 ml will not solve matters as the volume will still be small and hence the sachets will continue being offered at very low prices,” he said.
Zakeyu said heavy consumption of alcohol in a poor country like Malawi has a great negative impact on the national goals and puts lives of people at threats to death.
Alcohol is the third largest contributing factor to injury, diseases and deaths worldwide, in particular Malawi. The damage is almost equal to tobacco, he said.
In addition, he continued, the number of men, youths and women dying each day has an effect on the level of contribution that they can make in development processes and the achievement of Healthy Policy, Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS) and globally meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDG).
The MAPA secretary said the more youth, men and women are saved from alcohol related harm and deaths, the more they are to take up their responsibility in society and even to contribute to country’s economy, he said.