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Chad Plans for Natural Disasters

Coastweek Kenya (8/11/11)

A committee led by Chad's Prime Minister Emmanuel Nadjigar on Friday came up with a new action plan to fight natural disasters in the country's capital, N'Djamena.

The capital city has in the recent years been hit by catastrophes like floods and epidemics which have worsened the people's living conditions.

"The town of N'Djamena has experienced recurrent problems like floods and all types of epidemics especially cholera and malaria," said Issa Adjidei, N'Djamena's deputy mayor.

A very alarming situation was noted between July 11-18 when 500 cases of cholera were reported and out of these cases, 235 people died from the disease.

In order to fight all these disasters, the N'Djamena town hall and the public health ministry have come up with a roadmap for jointly seeking solutions to the calamities.

Urgent measures that have been taken include removal of stagnant water in the northern parts of the town, replacement of some old water pipes and installation of power-driven pumps.

The town hall intends to put in place an ideal waste disposal mechanism for the 800 tons of solid waste products that are produced everyday.

The council also plans to initiate "Operation N'Djamena without mosquitos" which will see the entire town being disinfected with a view of reducing the prevalence of malaria.

The health ministry on its part intends to provide drugs for the treatment of cholera and also supply water disinfectants.

The ministry will also provide equipments for the protection of health workers, sensitization materials, drugs for the treatment of malaria as well as those for treating people with respiratory infections.

In addition, the ministry plans to organize special zones from where the affected people will be offered treatment.

In the long term, the town hall plans to improve the city's drainage system and repair the banks of rivers Chari and Logone which have been causing flooding.

A modern waste disposal plant will also be constructed to reduce health and environmental disasters that are caused by poor methods of disposing solid wastes.

All these projects will require about 28 billion Fcfa, out of which 3.2 billion has already been released by the Chadian government, UNICEF, UNDP and the N'Djamena town hall.

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