DHAKA, Dec 21, 2016 (BSS) - The government has decided to provide disaster management training to physically challenged persons and their families along with volunteers for their protection from the risk of disaster.
The decision came up at the first meeting of the National Taskforce on Disabled and Disaster Management at the conference room of the Disaster Management and Relief Ministry at Bangladesh Secretariat.
Chaired by Convener of the National Taskforce and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's daughter Saima Hossain Putul, Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya, Bir Bikram, addressed the meeting as the member secretary.
The second international conference on Disabled Friendly Disaster Risk Management would be held in Dhaka next December with participation of all organizations on disabled affairs across the world along with thousands of guests.
Disaster Management and Relief Secretary M Shah Kamal said an 18-member committee has been formed with Saima Hossain Putul as the Chief Advisor, while Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya would continue as the Chairman for the next one year.
"The meeting decided that youths with disabilities would be given priority for training and training material will be made. Course curriculum would be prepared specially for special need persons," he said after the meeting.
The secretary said after preparing the content of the course curriculum the training would begin from next January.
He said the disabled persons would be shifted to shelter centres when natural disaster would approach. We will select volunteer, who (Volunteer) will assist him to bringing shelter centre, he added.
There are 15 lakh physically challenged persons in the country, of which 10-15 percent is disabled by born, Shah Kamal said.
The Taskforce Chairman and Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya said the meeting decided that the Task Force on Disaster Management Disabled Affairs would organise the International Conference next December.
He said, "We have implemented some declarations out of eight adopted in the international conference held in Dhaka last year. We have also discussed how much progress has been made in this regard."
The minister said the next conference would also talk in detail about the protection of disabled people in the world.
The disaster management and relief secretary also said content will be made before the conference, adding "Bangladesh is going to hold the second major conference. We will begin discussions with stakeholders because over one thousand foreign delegates will attend the conference."
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) National News Agency of Bangladesh