Women and girls in Cameroon have been urged to get fully involved in disaster prevention.
This is in continence with the theme of this year’s International Day for Disaster Prevention which is being observed today.
Speaking at a commemorative event in Yaoundé, the Director of Civil Protection Dr. Jean-Pierre Nana said many disasters that occur at home can be prevented if women and girls who make up more than half of the country’s population know exactly what to do in case of fire outbreak and other potential disasters.
Officials of the National Petroleum Depot say the company is taking the necessary measures to prevent the kind of disaster that occurred at Nsiam in Yaoundé in February 1998 when several hundred people died while struggling to collect fuel from a tanker.
The information was made public today at the Nsiam depot in Yaoundé during a ceremony to mark the 2012 edition of the International Day for Disaster Prevention after the end of the ceremony.
Director of Civil Protection Dr. Jean-Pierre Nana: Why focus this year is on women and girls.
Jean-Pierre Nana: Women are an important part of the population in our country and most of the disasters occur in houses and the Minister In-charge of Disaster Prevention thinks that it’s very important to sensitize ladies and girls on the role they can play in preventing disasters. That is why the whole day is being concentrated on women and girls.
Will that be enough to make them know exactly what to do when disaster strikes?
Jean-Pierre Nana: I think the most important thing is to start. Failing to prepare is preparing to fail. We in the disaster prevention we are fighting to prepare, we are fighting to prevent because when every occasion is being seized to talk to people we are sure that even though a day may not be sufficient it’s a good start for our strategy.