We need to sit up to reduce disasters – NADMO

By Joyce Danso, GNA

Accra, Oct. 12, GNA- The National Disaster
Management Organisation (NADMO) has tasked individuals and organisations to
include smoke detectors, water hydrants and fire extinguishers in the
construction of private and commercial buildings to help reduce the incidence of
disasters.

NADMO said the increased frequency and the
intensity of disaster that we are witnessing in recent times is enough to show
that “we all need to sit up.”

In a statement issued and signed by its
Director General Mr Eric Nana Agyemang- Prempeh to Mark International Day for
Disaster Risk Reduction, NADMO, said people ought to understand the need to
survive adding that “the only way is to strengthen our resilience capacities
and reduce the impacts of disasters to the barest minimum.”

The Day, which falls on Saturday October 13,
would be held under the theme: “Reduce Disaster Economic Loss in Relation to
the Global Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 2030.”

The statement said the enormity and
frightening nature of losses to disaster requires that special attention be
given to reverse the trend.

It said 300-billion dollars was the cost of
disaster losses in the year 2017.

“Sadly, in Africa where poverty abounds, and
where resources are needed to address the number in abject poverty, 500-million
dollars was lost to disasters in 2017,” the statement said.

The statement said Ghana has had her fair
share of disasters this year which had left a lot of havoc that affected
people, houses, farms and animals and the entire economy.

It cited the spillage of the Bagre Dam as one
of the disasters which has affected many communities in the northern parts of
the country.

“This has had serious implications for food
production and consequently led to economic loss.

It said the country needs is a “risk informed
planning and decision making. Improved public investment planning, prioritize
projects that require risk analysis, policy re-engineering are also some of the
measures required to for stall such situations from befalling us.”

Disaster risk reduction, the statement said, has
now seen a paradigm shift from mere disaster prevention and mitigation
mechanism to a pivotal socio-economic development solution.

It said the whole world was on a crossroads in
view of the shocks coming from such disasters and the impact of Climate Change
on the society.

The statement said to mark this year’s
International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction NADMO will be organising a
two-day sensitization forum in Jasikan in the Volta Region and Asamankese in
the Eastern Region to create awareness in disaster risk reduction.

GNA

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