LAHORE: The Punjab Emergency Service (PES) on Monday observed the United Nations International Day for Disaster Reduction in all districts of the province.
Addressing the rescuers at Rescue 1122 Headquarters, DG Rescue Punjab Dr. Rizwan Naseer said that Punjab Emergency Service, had been providing timely emergency and rescue services without any discrimination.
The DG said that Rescue 1122 was focusing on prevention through different preventive projects, but the community participation through community emergency response teams could ensure prevention and significant reduction in risks of disasters.
He said that there was a need for a strong application of the institutional framework to enable proper planning for prevention of a growing number of emergencies and disasters.
He said that establishment of a national level forest and climate change authority with uniform planning and coordination at the regional level can also reduce disasters risk in the country.
The Provincial Monitoring Cell briefed the DG that PES has managed over 2.4 million emergencies including 936,703 road accidents, 5,108 building collapses, 58,894 fire incidents since 2004.
The DG said the developing countries were facing challenges of unplanned urbanization, weak building control governance, population growth, expansion of livelihood activities in hazard prone areas and environmental degradation which could be effectively met through institutional infrastructure with clarity of roles and responsibility, legal mandate, capacity building and performance accountability.