Kabale District receives equipment for disaster response from OPM.Tobias Habasa
By Alex Byakatonda
Kabale District Disaster Management Committee this week received equipment from the Office of the Prime Minister-OPM strengthen the district’s preparedness for mitigation and response to disasters.
The equipment, which includes, a camera drone, a toll free line, a conference kit, a tablet, three mega phones and a computer, were purchased with funding from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Handing over the equipment today at the district boardroom, the OPM officials led by Jacqueline Kagoda, a Disaster Management Officer, said that Kabale district is one of the selected ten disaster prone districts in the country, that are benefiting from the 500,000 US dollars project. The other beneficiary districts are Kasese, Bududa, Amuru, Adjumani, Moroto, Kumi, Bukedea, Butaleja and Namayingo.
She said the equipment will help to enhance the district’s capacity to contain and minimize the effects of disasters, prevent, mitigate and prepare the district disaster coordination plan and timely response, as well as bridging the communication gap between the district emergency coordination center and National Emergency Coordination and Operations Centre (NECOC). Stanley Osaba, an officer at NECOC in the Disaster Department at the Office of the Prime Minister, said that there is need for all district departments to adapt disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation into their planning for easy mitigation.
The Kabale Resident District Commissioner, Godfrey Nyakahuma, and the District LCV Vice Chairperson, Miriam Akankwasa Tugume, who received the equipment commended the Office of the Prime Minister, saying that the equipment will help in accessing information about disasters that hit any part of the district.
According to the National Policy for Disaster Preparedness and Management, Uganda remains susceptible to highly devastating disasters, including hydrological, geological, climatic and human-induced that exert a significant toll on its population and impose a significant socio-economic cost and which, to some extent, affects the country’s ability to maximize the benefits from its economic growth and social development. Over the past decades, the incidences of devastating disasters have increased in frequency, intensity and geographical spread.