Date: April 1, 2009, 5:24 pm


The West Mamprusi District in the Northern Region and the Bawku Municipal Assembly, the Garu Tempane and the Builsa District in the Upper East Region which were affected by the floods last year are benefiting from a relief package worth 308,000 Euros from the Integrated Social Development Center (ISODEC).

The package includes the procurement of drugs, supply of potable drinking water, registration of affected members with the National Health Insurance Scheme, household cash transfers and the development of a geo-reference database on disaster among others. The regional manager of ISODEC in charge of Upper East, Mr. Jonathan Adabre, said this at a forum organized by ISODEC to brainstorm on how to develop a geo-reference database to be piloted in a district to mitigate issues affecting disasters. Stakeholders including district planning officers, National Disaster Management Organizations, non-governmental organizations and the Environmental Protection Agency among others attended the forum.

The geo-reference database, when successfully implemented, would be replicated in district in the three northern regions that are noted to be prone to disasters. Mr. Adabre said assorted drugs procured by ISODEC at a total cost of GHC 7,880.16 had already been distributed to flood victims in the Garu-Tempane, Builsa and West Mamprusi districts. Mr. Adabre said 30 water points in 18 communities in the Builsa District had already been constructed at the cost of GHC 5,650.00. 350 water points in 80 communities in the Builsa district had already been constructed at GHC 9,375.00.

He explained that the Bawku Municipal Implementation Committee had decided to use their health component share of the funds to register victims who were hardest hit with the NHIS, instead of purchasing essential drugs to restock the health center. In addition, he said, the affected victims are to benefit from a household cash transfer which will enable them to acquire productive assets to improve upon their lives. GNA ISODEC warns of hunger ahead if  Bishop Akolgo, Executive Director of Integrated Social Development Center (ISODEC) has warned that the effects of climate change will seriously affect food production in the country if swift measures are not taken to marshal plans to overcome any eventualities in the near future.

The Executive Director made this observation in an interview with the Ghana News Agency at Bolgatanga, after a workshop organized by his outfit on how to develop a go-reference database in one of the districts in the three northern regions for assessing hazards, and monitoring their vulnerability levels. The geo-reference database will also be used to support NADMO in the various districts to develop a disaster alert and response system in their operations. Bishop Akolgo said even crops including maize and cocoa would be seriously affected as a result of the climate change since they would not be resilient to the weather. He suggested the need for scientist to come out with innovative ways to develop new crops that would be resilient to the weather and mentioned that cocoa, which is a major foreign earning crop for the country can also be affected.

He encouraged farmers in the northern parts of the country to concentrate on cultivating millet and guinea corn which are more resilient to the climate change.

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