15 November 2012

Nigeria: NEMA Shifts Attention to Dry Season Emergency Management

With the flood gradually receding the National Emergency Management Authority (NEMA) is now shifting its attention to dry season management.

The agency at a sensitisation workshop in Ibadan Wednesday, charged Nigerians to be adequately prepared for the challenges of the forthcoming dry season and its associated emergencies.

The Director General of NEMA, Alhaji Mohammed Sani Sidi, in his address to stakeholders at the workshop, specifically urged Nigerians to be wary of environmentally-associated epidemics notably measles, cholera, lassa fever and cerebral spinal meningitis, among others.

In attendance at the workshop were health workers, district heads and school teachers drawn from all the 33 local government areas of Oyo State.

The NEMA DG, who was represented by the South-west Zonal Coordinator, Mr. Iyiola Akande, remarked that measles, cholera, lassa fever and cerebral spinal meningitis were among the 10 most critical health disasters associated with dry season, hence the need for the public to guard against them with all seriousness.

He noted that the International Emergency Data (IED) had confirmed that both women and children were the most vulnerable people. He, therefore, emphasised the need for them to be more cautious in their health habits by avoiding polluted water and dirty or overcrowded environment.

In order to ensure disaster risk reduction, he said, people should endeavour to stay in well ventilated environment apart from always keeping the environment clean. He also warned against serious heat as, according to him, heat wave could lead to cerebral spinal meningitis.

While urging the stakeholders to intensify personal environmental hygiene among the people in all the local government areas, the NEMA chief executive also enjoined the various tiers of government across the country to replicate the advocacy to the

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