Hayford O-Akrofi, GNA
Hweakwae (ER), Oct.
19, GNA – The Birim North District Chief Executive (DCE) Mr. Raymond Nana
Damptey, has urged parents to advise their children against the use of tramadol
and other illicit drugs as that could destroy their future.
Nana Damptey gave the
advice during the climax of a week-long celebration of the “International Day
for Disaster Reduction’’ by the Birim North District National Disaster
Management Organisation (NADMO) at Hweakwae near New Abirem in the Eastern
It was on the theme
“Reducing the Economic Loss of Disasters”.
For the first nine
months of this year, the Acting District Director of NADMO, Ms. Ivy Grace
Dokuah said, 1,073 victims were affected by rainstorms, floods and fire
rainstorms Ms. Dokuah said were recorded within the period, while two fire
disasters also occurred.
Ms Dokuah encouraged
community members to plant trees in their towns and villages to provide shade
and at the same time serve as windbreaks to minimise the effect of rain and
Apart from New Abirem,
where the people were sensitised by NADMO to plant trees in the town and those
living in flood-prone areas to move to higher grounds during the rainy season,
officials from the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) educated the people on
domestic and bush fire prevention.
Staff from the Ghana
Health Service (GHS) were also on hand to sensitise the youth on the dangers of
using tramadol, smoking of marijuana or ‘’ wee’’ and indulging in other illicit
Officials from the
Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) talked to farmers on the fall army Worm
and advised them to promptly report the slightest suspicion of the worm on
their farms for assistance.
Ms Dokuah, made an
appeal to Newmont (Akyem) for a double-cabin pick-up to assist the organisation
in its operational duties to make prompt assessment during disasters to
determine the type of assistance that could be offered to victims.
She said it would also
facilitate their movement into the communities to carry out effective sensitization
programmesand convey relief items from the Regional Office at Koforidua for
distribution to disaster victims.
Nana Osei Agyemang
Prempeh II, the Chief of Hweakwae who chaired the function promised to
collaborate with NADMO to ensure disaster reduction in the district.
celebration also took NADMO to communities like Amuana Praso and Oworamoa where
similar sensitisation programmes took place.