Karachi—Pakistan Red Crescent-Sindh, in collaboration with the German Red Cross, organized a seminar to commemorate the International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) with the participation of various renowned institutions here on Monday.
The focus of this year’s IDDR theme is ‘Live to Tell: Raising Awareness, reducing mortality’. The seminar provided a platform to all governments, local governments, disaster management agencies, NGOs, Red Cross, Red Crescent Societies, civil society groups, business, academic, scientific institutions and other interested groups to know how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters through raising awareness about the importance of reining in the risks that they face, says a statement.
Shamim Mumtaz, Minister Social Welfare Sindh, was chief guest on the occasion. Urging all stockholders working for public welfare to join hands to deal with natural disasters in future, she said the PRC-Sindh is a humanitarian organisation dedicated to improving lives of vulnerable segments of society.
Shamim Mumtaz said that responding agencies were always present in urban areas, but their capacity and action had been more effective in rural areas despite complex urban contexts. Now the time has come that all stakeholders should be alert on rural as well as urban disasters, she emphasized. She said that girl guide and civil defence systems should be reinforced and improved to save lives during such calamities. “I will also write an official letter to chief minister Sindh in this regard” said said.
There should be five to ten trauma centres at super highway and in the city, she added. Chairperson Pakistan Red Crescent-Sindh, Farzhana Naek, said the PRC-Sindh always helped most vulnerable people in time of natural or man-made disasters.