VEWEC holds project dissemination workshop

Accra� The Vulnerability to Extreme Weather Events in Cities, (VEWEC) has held a project dissemination workshop to deliberate on the outcome of the project to its stakeholders.

The project is aimed at looking at the impact of extreme weather events, heat and flooding in Ghana focusing on two major cities, Accra and Tamale.

Professor Katherine Gough, Professor of Human Geology, Loughborough University, UK, said the 16 months project, aimed at finding out when and where these extreme weather events happened, brought together a team of experts and experienced people including climate specialists, health specialists infrastructure and sanitation specialists.

She said one of the innovative aspects of the project was that it was recording temperatures in people’s homes and work places, saying in many instances the temperature today is the temperature recorded at the meteorology office, not the temperature recorded at homes and work places.

She said for the project, the temperatures were recorded every 10 minute, in order to acquire correct data.

We have also been to healthcare facilities to find out how they are affected with situations of extreme heat and flooding and what coping strategies they have.

We are also going to model the impact of the flood so hopefully we can help in protecting the floods, as well as how health facilities are also affected by floods and how they cope.

Professor Gough said the project was funded by the British Academy in UK, Loughborough University in partnership with the University of Ghana and the University for Development Studies.

He said they were at the stage where they have gotten the initial result of the findings, from which they were going to prepare different policy briefs for the different sectors and send to the health facilities, as well as the water and electricity companies to get their comment before the final brief would be produced and circulated.

She said VEWEC would also organize workshops in both cities as well as durbars for people to learn from the findings.

She said Accra was chosen for the project, based on the flooding and loss of lives from the floods in Accra, while Tamale was chosen in relation to the extreme heat occurrence and being the biggest city in the north.

Professor Sam Codjoe, Regional Institute for Population Studies, University of Ghana, said extreme heat brings challenges with respiratory problems, dehydration, hypertension, strokes and cerebral meningitis, skin rashes among others.

He said extreme floods block drains near clinics buildings have to be repainted and renovated every time there is flood; patients cannot get essential drugs or access to health staff; lack of access to money for services; place to sleep, open defecation amongst others are the challenges often encountered.

Source: Ghana News Agency