Accra, May 31,
GNA - The National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), in collaboration
with Ghana Health Service (GHS) and Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale
Zusammenabeit (GIZ), has embarked on various initiatives to mitigate pandemic
The initiatives developed by the three bodies are captured under a two- year project, which started in 2010, to be supported by corporate bodies under the first Public Private Partnership.
The project aimed at developing and building the capacity of institutions to rapidly respond to emergencies and also create avenue for timely recovery from disaster.
The Ghana Revenue Authority, one of the beneficiary bodies, was schooled on business continuity plan while the Integrated Management of Adolescent/Adult Illnesses was developed for the GHS.
Other companies like UT holdings participated in the programme.
At a stakeholders™ meeting in Accra on Friday to review the pandemic preparedness in Ghana, Mr Kofi Portuphy, National Coordinator, NADMO said the collaboration with GIZ had helped the organisation to carry out its mandate of coordinating expertise to mitigate disasters.
Mr Portuphy said such interventions were manly targeted at programmes that NADMO is carrying out to help prevent and mitigate disasters.
He said Ghana is currently prepared for disasters like pandemics, floods and other natural disasters with the training of officials at Ghana™s borders and harbours on measures to adopt to mitigate tragedies.
He said gutters and drains have been disilted; and what is required is for people to adopt positive behaviours and also desist from building on water ways.
He said government had approved funds to enable NADMO to purchase protecting apparel like wellington boots and reflectors that would aid officials during operations.
He said efforts are being put in place to work with sub-regional neighbours in Cote d™Ivoire and Burkina Faso to mitigate the effects of disasters and to protect the Black Volta from pollutions or drying up due to activities of mining in these areas.
Ms Ruth Arthur, a Deputy Chief Disaster Control Officer, NADMO said Ghana™s preparedness for pandemics started in 2004 following World Health Organisation™s alert on outbreak of SARS and Avian Influenza.
She said the disaster mitigation Private Public Partnership project was funded by GIZ with about 200,000 .00 Euros.
She explained that the project seeks to develop effective communication tools for timely alerting and dissemination of information during epidemic/ pandemics.
We are also deepening effective communication network between institutions at Ghana™s border entry points, NADMO and other response agencies as well as to develop appropriate tools for public education and build awareness on preventive measures, she said.
She used the occasion to launch a NADMO hotline “ Vodafone toll free number 0800 10-313 and 0302 982531 for other networks to enable people call for any enquiries and details on disaster situations.
The NADMO website: www.nadmo.gov.gh was also re-launched as well as the Pandemic Preparedness logo.
Dr Ebenezer Appiah Denkyira, Director General, GHS said the disaster preparedness plan shows Ghana™s commitment towards disasters, and urged people to access the various programmes that have been developed to help address the issues.