National disaster response team formed in Accra

A national disaster response team has been set up by the Ghana Red Cross society in the country that will be able to give immediate attention and assistance to emergencies and disasters in the country. A five day training program was held in Accra to train volunteers on the management of disasters and emergencies.

30 participants comprising two (2) volunteers from nine regions and five from the project region (Western Region) took part in the training. The participants were trained on how to manage disasters and emergency situations and also to equip them with the right skills on how to deal with diseases like Malaria Cholera, Ebola, Yellow Fever and other epidermal related diseases.

The program was sponsored by the Japanese government through the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent, started from the 7th to 11th of September 2015. Official opening ceremony done and the objectives of the training was outlined to participants, they were also taking through government policies on disaster management in the country, and this was handled by the National Disaster management organisation (NADMO). Coordinator Mrs. Ruth Arthur.

Mr. Thomas Aapore, the Health Coordinator for the Ghana Red Cross society said that the team will be in all the ten regions in Ghana and will work hand in hand with other emergency relief agencies from the Fire Service, the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) and the Ghana Ambulance Service to help solve emergencies and disasters in the country.

Participants were taken through epidemics topics like, Ebola, Cholera, Sanitation and Hygiene in emergencies, a facilitator from the Ghana Health Service. Mr. Daniel Ato Ashong he took members through the technical aspects handling of safe drinking water and water treatment and sanitation.

Participants at the end of the training expressed the preparedness to volunteer their time and energy to support the project in their communities and have learnt a lot about the management of emergencies and disasters.

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