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Prof Richard Kwasi Amankwah Vice Chancellor 3rd from left flanked by members of the Disaster and Emergency Management DEM Hub
Prof Richard Kwasi Amankwah, Vice Chancellor (3rd from left) flanked by members of the
Disaster and Emergency Management (DEM) Hub

The University of Mines and Technology UMaT on Wednesday, 28th April, 2021 launched the Disaster and Emergency Management (DEM) Hub as a measure to ensure proper preparation and response to emergencies and disasters. The launching, which brought together stakeholders in emergency and disaster management, was held at a symposium organised by the University to climax the celebration of the World Day of Health and Safety at Work on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. The Disaster and Emergency Management (DEM) Hub was launched by the Vice Chancellor, Prof Richard Kwasi Amankwah.

Launching the DEM Hub, Prof Richard Kwasi Amakwah stated that the hub has been set up to deal with issues of occupational health and safety on campus and also educate the public on health and safety to ensure safety at work places and on the road. He added that, the University has plans to train all its students in occupational health and safety.

Stakeholders in disaster and emergency management shared ideas on how to make the roads safer for users and how to ensure safety at the work place. Among some of the stakeholders were the National Road Safety Authority, DVLA, MTTD, the Ghana National Fire Service, the Ambulance Service, GPRTU, officials from the Safety Departments of mining companies within the University’s catchment area and health professionals among others.

The Western Regional Director of the National Road Safety Authority Miss Nana Akua noted that should Ghanaians strictly adhere to the rules and regulations regarding road safety just as they adhere to covid-19 protocols, road accidents would be reduced to the barest minimum. She stated that road accident has taken more lives than covid-19 within a space of a year.

The Tarkwa District Manager of DVLA, Mr David Amankwah advised those who wish to drive to go for driving lessons from DVLA approved driving training schools in order to acquire the necessary knowledge before they apply for license.

The Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipal Chief Executive, Hon Benjamin Kessie congratulated the University for the initiative and was hopeful that people will become conscious of the need to make the roads safer.

The World Day of Health and Safety at Work was celebrated with various activities spanning Monday, 26th to Wednesday, 28th April, 2021. The activities included radio talk shows on safety, random alcohol test of drivers at selected points, eye screening at the main Tarkwa car station, a road show on road safety and emergency simulation exercise on the road at the main entrance of the University.

 

Source: T. B. Eshun
University Relations Office