Africa Must Invest In Disaster Management – Annoh-Dompreh
The Chairman on the Committee on Foreign Affairs of Ghana’s Parliament, Frank Annoh-Dompreh is advocating African governments to as a matter of necessity invest resources in measures that can appropriately respond to disasters when they occur.
He called on African States to strengthen their disaster risk management systems through appropriate regulatory frameworks and policies to enable them build the requisite capacities in areas of health, resilient structures and awareness creation in order to respond timeously.
The Nsawam-Adoagyiri Member of Parliament made the call in a statement read on the floor of Parliament concerning the need for convention to plan, control and manage disasters in the sub-region.
Mr Annoh-Dompreh expressed worry that Africa experience 60% of all disaster related deaths worldwide even though only 20% of the world’s disaster cases occurs on the continent.
The MP who attributed the high death rate on the continent to vulnerability and the lack preparedness emphasised the urgent need for Africa to be ready at all times .
Quoting a Czech Republican model, Petro Nemcova who survived a Tsunami in 2014 to buttress his call on preparation, Annoh-Dompreh urged Africa countries to arm themselves in rwadiness against floods, drought, fires, pests and other disasters when they ever occur.
” We cannot stop natural disasters but we can arm ourselves with knowledge, so many lives wouldn’t have to be lost if there is was enough disaster preparedness” he quoted.
Source: Christian Kpesese/ thePublisher