Presbyterian Relief Services Workshop on Reducing Disaster in Ga-South

Presbyterian Relief Services Workshop on Reducing Disaster in Ga-South

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Views: 96 Bazaana Gertrude, Sep 26, 2019, Accra, 12.00am, Thur A three-day workshop to minimizing the impact of disaster in the Ga-South Municipality ...

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Bazaana Gertrude, Sep 26, 2019, Accra, 12.00am, Thur

A three-day workshop to minimizing the impact of disaster in the Ga-South Municipality by the Presbyterian Relief Services (PRSD) was ended in the Ga-South Municipality of Accra.

According to the Coordinator of PRSD, Emmanuel Nyarko Ankamah, “this workshop aim to achieve community free of disaster, if not eliminated will minimise disaster.”

The event drew participants from six suburbs in the Municipality, and those include; Aslaja, Ngleshie-amanfro, Aplaku, Glalilee, Akwsa and Dormibra.

The participants are classified into the following groups; disaster volunteer group, organised-group and faith base institution.

The program started two days ago (24/09/2019) and scheduled to come to end tomorrow (26/09/2019).

Each group maps out disaster prone areas in their communities, indicates how long the area threat has been with the people, the number of people affected, and the way forward to eradicating or minimizing it.

The Coordinator thanked the Presbyterian Development Assistance, USA for supporting the project.

The Disaster Management Consultant, Ebenezer G. Okoampa stated that, conflict resolution (unity and accommodating each other) was important to reducing disaster.

In a presentation by The Director for the National Disaster Management Organisation, (NADMO) Richard Yartey, thought the participants to understand disaster risks surrounding them, the impact, and the need to work to reduce the likelihood of disaster occurrence.

He indicated that there was a high risk disaster in Ga south.

‘’The area is prone to fires and lightening, floods and drought, disease epidemics, pest and insects infection, earth quake and other geological disasters and  these can be as a result of poor drainage system, poor building plan, or even the little drainage available is filled with rubbish.”

He continued: “The Ga south land is mostly full of water and much care should be taken.”

He also outlined some three “force-line” that can lead to earth quake in the area, such as the Akwuapim ridge, the costal boundary force and the one in the mid-Atlantic, all converging at Nyanyannu.

He said managing disaster was a challenge when the people were ignorant, and the native were poor, and can afford to purchase only disaster prone areas of the land.

Mr. Richard recommended networking as a way to sustain disaster reduction because stakeholder could easily come to work together against it.

“Networking is all about team work.”

Again, he said through networking agencies could share knowledge,  collaborate and coordinate to fight disaster risk.

“One person cannot fight disaster risk unless they come together. ”

He advised government to take care all buffer land to reduce disaster risks.

According to the Consultant for the PRSD, Mr. W. J. Mensah, fire runs through almost all the disasters, and.” it can be a good servant, but a bad master at times.”

He said fire can however be controlled by removing any one of its components such oxygrn,  heat or fuel.

The participants were thought what to do before,  during and after earthquakes. For example before earthquake, prepare for three to seven days of electricity outage,  water shortage,  gass and telephone outages; during earthquake one shold protect the head and the neck first under a heavy furniture.

Also, keep an earthquake disaster kite on hand including a well stocked firstaid kite,  a supply of medicines requited for life threatening conditions and  conduct calm family earthquake discussion.

the partcipants were also trained on the use of  fire extingushers by representation of the Ghana Fire Service.

 

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