21 January 2013

Ghana: NADMO Reveals Action Plan for 2013

The management of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) of the Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA) has disclosed that it is going to intensify the awareness creation and sensitisation exercise on safety and first aid treatment at the three beaches within the Tema Metropolitan area.

The three are the Sakumono, Community Two (2) and Tema Manhean beaches, which until the beginning of this new programme that was started in 2010, were recording quite a number of drowning incidents during public holidays.

According to head of the Tema Metro NADMO, Hajia Zinabu Abdulai, who spoke in an interview with the paper on Friday, since the inception of the programme there had not been any incidents of drowning in any of the three beaches mentioned above.

Other areas Hajia Zinabu mentioned that that her outfit was going to tackle include the organisation of sensitisation programmes on disaster risk reduction in areas such as fire outbreaks, disaster epidemics, and flooding among others in 12 communities and six market places in the Metropolis.

"NADMO will also organise pre-flood clean-up exercises to desilt choked drains, and clean surroundings throughout the Tema Metropolis, as well as educational programmes in 18 schools (primary and SHS) on disaster prevention and risk reduction.

"We will organise capacity building workshops, and competency based training for NADMO staff/

"And again, public awareness campaigns and early flood warning sensitisation in disaster prone areas, including the Chemu lagoon at Tema Manhean, Lashibi and Klagon," she hinted.

Hajia Zinabu further disclosed that her outfit intends to train 50 disaster and market volunteers on disaster risk reduction (DVG's) in the Metropolis and hold a consultative meeting with the Metro Disaster Management Committee, and a review of disaster management plan (DMP).

The Tema Metro NADMO boss continued that her outfit would train TMA staff on occupational health and workplace safety management; undertake damage and needs assessment, registration of victims, and the distribution of relief items to affected victims.

"NADMO will procure relief items and distribute to affected disaster victims throughout the Metropolis, servicing of fire extinguishers, monitor and conduct periodic inspection on identified man-made hazards and report to management.

"Embark on regular visits to both public and private institutions, organisations and companies throughout the Metropolis to ensure compliance with safety measures," she observed.

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