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Garissa County to enhance disaster preparedness

Garissa County government is seeking to enhance its disaster preparedness capacity for effective emergency response.

Speaking when he opened a logistics cluster workshop on Field-Based Preparedness Project (FBPP), the County Secretary Abdi Sheikh said the government was putting in place necessary legal, infrastructural, personnel and equipment required to ensure effective emergency preparedness.

Sheikh noted that there was need for investing in emergency preparedness and response especially for a county faced with disasters such as floods, recurrent drought, fire, locusts, inter-clan clashes, human and livestock disease outbreaks and even the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Garissa County has been facing floods, droughts, livestock diseases and inter clan clashes which has left adverse effects on the livelihood of our people. From now on, we need to be prepared to mitigate these effects effectively,” Sheikh said.

The workshop held Saturday sought to establish a collaboration between the County Government and World Food Programme (WFP) to build capacity for the county emergency response systems.

According to WFP’s Josefa Zueco, the project will provide institutional Capacity strengthening using state-of-the art emergency preparedness and response approaches to support sustainable localization of capacities.

By Erick Kyalo

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