NEMA wants respondents to adhere to incident commands during emergencies




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ABUJA- The Emergency Agency (NEMA) on Thursday urged emergency respondents in the country to adhere to incident commands in responding to emergencies.

The Coordinator the Agency in Abuja, Mr Ishaya Chonoko, made the call in a keynote address at a workshop organised for emergency stakeholders.

The workshop was organized to address gaps in handling mass casualties at scenes explosions.

“While we commend the efforts our emergency stakeholders, however, gaps have been identified in recent mass casualty incident operations.

“A typical example is the explosion at Emab plaza, which was characterised by uncoordinated rescue efforts, independent activities by stakeholders resulting in accountability and inefficient tracking of casualties,’’ Chonoko said.

He said had shifted relief intervention to pre- planning and called for increased mitigation plans in the country. [eap_ad_1] Chonoko said the impact of climate change was on the increase worldwide and stressed the need for the development of emergency and mass shelter plans in communities that are prone to flood disasters.

“In a proactive move, countries round the globe have put in place measures to mitigate the devastating impact of climate change on vulnerable communities and cities,’’ he said.

Chonoko said flood disasters were one of the challenges facing the country and urged the stakeholders to proffer strategies to combat its effects on vulnerable communities.

Some participants at the pledged to strengthen inter agency synergy in responding to emergency.

A representative of the FCT , CSP N. Gomwalk, said the command would cooperate with emergency respondents to save lives in emergencies.

He identified uncoordinated rescue efforts by stakeholders as one of the challenges hindering emergency activities in the country.

Gomwalk urged stakeholders to synergy during emergency by putting victims’ interest above their pride. (NAN)

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