THE public has been urged to get first aid training to gain knowledge of how to assist accident victims and save lives.
Speaking in Gweru during the World First Aid Day commemorations at the weekend, Zimbabwe Red Cross Society (ZRCS) president Edson Mlambo said research over the years has revealed that the lives of 90% of accident victims in Zimbabwe can be saved if first aid is administered on them early.
“First aid used to be recognised as the domain of medical or para-medical personnel, but today all experts recognise that the general public must be trained in first aid because it is effective in saving lives. It improves the chances of survival of the victims and minimises the consequences of heart attacks,” Mlambo said.
Speaking at the same event, ZRCS secretary-general Elias Hwenga said: “First aid remains an integral part of a broader development approach within the Red Cross. Our aim is to reduce the impact of disasters, the number of deaths and illnesses, as well as increase knowledge of first aid to local communities. What drives our motivation as ZRCS is the fact that every life counts and every person deserves medical assistance without discrimination. This makes learning first aid important.”
Hwenga urged all age groups to be trained in first aid to enhance people’s response in emergency situations.
Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe managing director Munesuishe Munodawafa said his department was benefitting from services provided by the ZRCS, adding that first aid has a positive impact on disaster management.