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GOOD WILL MESSAGE BY THE DIRECTOR GENERAL NATIONAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY (NEMA), ENGR. MUSTAPHA YUNUSA MAIHAJA DURING AN EMERGENCY MEETING OF GOVERNORS AND TRADITIONAL LEADERS WITH STAKEHOLDERS ON CEREBRUM SPINAL MENINGITIS (CSM) OUTBREAK RESPONSE
It is with deep sympathy and compassion that I address you at this crucial emergency meeting as CSM ravages our communities.
It is rather unfortunate to note that Cerebrum Spinal Meningitis (CSM), Cholera, Measles, Lassa fever and other epidemics, accounts for more deaths than any other natural disaster in the Country.
Emergency Data of the ten top natural disasters in Nigeria as reported by EM-DAT, the International Emergency Data Base showed that the top ten natural disasters that have caused more loss of lives from 1900-2016 were exclusively epidemics.
The data also ranked epidemic 3rd in terms of number of people affected by natural disasters in Nigeria. Epidemic ranked only after drought and flood.
Experts have repeatedly told us that high rate of infection and fatality from these communicable diseases arises due to illiteracy, ignorance, poor state of personal and environmental hygiene, over crowdness and in effective community based early detection and warning system.
Your royal highnesses, excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, this is more worrisome coming at a time when the whole world is striving to reduce global disaster mortality by 2030, aiming to lower average per 100,000 global mortality between 2020-2030 compared to 2005-2015 in line with the Sendai Framework.
The framework seeks to substantially reduce disaster risk and losses in lives, livelihoods and health and in the economic, physical, social, cultural and environmental assets of persons, businesses, communities and countries.
As signatory to the agreement we must muster enough commitment to move with the rest of the world to Prevent new and reduce existing disaster risk through the implementation of integrated and inclusive economic, structural, legal, social, health, cultural, educational, environmental, technological, political and institutional measures that prevent and reduce hazard exposure and vulnerability to disaster, increase preparedness for response and recovery, and thus strengthen resilience.
To achieve this, we must be ready to adopt a society based approach, where all jurisdictions, disciplines, sectors and resources are recognized and utilized.
The honorable Minister can always count on our support in this regard.
I urge on the communities, the fronts that suffer the pangs of these out breaks to educate themselves, maintain personal and environmental hygiene at all times, avail themselves with immunization facilities when provided and report cases of outbreak to the nearest health centres.