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Government steps Up Emergency Preparedness for Child Protection

Government steps Up Emergency Preparedness for Child Protection


Tuesday May 7, 2024

KNA by Hamdi Buthul

The Department of Children’s Services in Wajir County has convened a crucial meeting, focusing on enhancing child protection measures in the face of potential flooding emergencies.

The County Coordinator of Children’s Services, Jillo Roba, has emphasized the critical need for preparedness, response and recovery strategies.

He highlighted the county’s vulnerability to a spectrum of emergencies, spanning from recurrent droughts to both natural and man-made disasters.

Reflecting on the havoc wreaked by the devastating floods of October, November, and December 2023, Roba emphasized the urgent necessity of prioritizing child protection efforts.

He said the loss of lives, destruction of property, and widespread displacement underscored the imperative for proactive measures.

“We cannot afford to wait for disasters to strike before acting,” said Roba adding that “With early warnings of impending floods, it’s imperative that we prepare adequately to support our people.”

Addressing stakeholders from diverse sectors at a child protection emergencies meeting held on Monday at a Wajir hotel, the coordinator outlined the comprehensive plan aimed at encompassing pre-, during, and post-emergency phases.

Roba reiterated the commitment to mobilize resources, engage partners and raise awareness among residents to enhance the county’s resilience.

On his part, Wajir West Deputy County Commissioner Kefa Kigeni, representing the County Commissioner, echoed Roba’s sentiments, emphasizing the disproportionate impact of emergencies on children, the elderly and the vulnerable.

Acknowledging the vital role played by non-state actors, Kigeni applauded the contributions of community-based organizations (CBOs), non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and international agencies.

He called for sustained investment in emergency programs to shield local children from the emerging disasters.

“The discussion was fruitful, and we are united in our resolve to mitigate the effects of emergencies on our most vulnerable populations,” Kigeni stated.

“We urge for increased investment in emergency programs to safeguard our children,” he said.

Courtesy; KNA

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