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Red Cross Society trains 2,000 teachers in First Aid

Bakakyir (W/R), July
14, GNA – A three-day First Aid training workshop for basic school teachers in
the Sekondi/Takoradi Metropolis is underway in Sekondi.

The training is to
equip them as active volunteers of the Ghana Red Cross Society (GRCS) to
acquire knowledge in relief services and attend to emergency health situations
in their schools and the communities.

It is being organised
by the GRCS, in conjunction with the Ghana Education Service (GES) and attended
by 72 teachers. 

Mr Matthew Boateng,
the Western Regional Manager of the GRCS, told the GNA on the sidelines of the
training that 2,000 teachers from 14 districts in the region had so far
benefited from the training programme. 

He said as part of the
training, the GRCS had supplied the teachers with First Aid Manuals to boost
their capacity on how to deal with emergency health issues.

Mr Boateng said every school
and day care centre must have access to First Aid Kits to attend to school
children in case of any casualties.

He said most of the
trained teachers had formed Disaster Management Teams through the Red Cross
Society to prevent and mitigate disasters in their schools and communities.

Mr Boateng reminded
the teachers that; “A good first aider to attend to ill people, disaster
and accident victims, must be observant, resourceful, gentle, tactful,
sympathetic, cheerful and courageous in a bid to bring relief to the
situation”.

He said it was
incumbent on first aiders “to adopt a life-saving technique to monitor the
Airway, Breathing and Circulation (ABC) of an injured or sick person before a
professional medical assistance.”

Mr Philip Bruce Arhin,
the Regional First Aid Instructor, who took the teachers through First Aid
steps, reminded them that as first aiders, they ought to make it their prime
motive to “preserve lives, prevent a condition from getting worse, and promote
recovery and human dignity”.

He appealed to the
volunteers not to “frighten victims in emergency situations but encourage
them that their condition will be better”.

The trainees were
taken through some basic steps such as cardio pulmonary resuscitation, external
bleeding, wounds and cuts, bleeding with embedded object, shock, choking,
drowning, burns, scalds and poisoning. 

GNA

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