The Western Regional Office of the National Disaster Management Committee is to organise a simulation exercise along communities where industrial chemicals from the Takoradi port are transported to their destination.
These chemicals, often toxic and meant for oil, mining and other industries are transported during the day along the major Takoradi-Abidjan road without proper protection, which may cause human defects and deaths in the event of spillage.
Mr Kofi Koranteng Abrokwa, Director of Training at the Headquarters of National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), told the Ghana News Agency at a Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction meeting, that chemical spillage is a challenge to the Region in particular, which calls for preparation to mitigate its effects.
He said the Regional Platform members chaired by Professor Frank Eshun, Rector of the Takoradi Polytechnic, have visited communities and interacted with some opinion leaders to integrate their concerns in the process.
Mr Abrokwa said the Platform would help in testing the preparedness, response and coordination among agencies in response to disaster management.