To mark World First Aid Day, this year Fiji Red Cross highlights the importance of knowing first aid skills in five special schools here in Suva.
Fiji Red Cross Society ensures practical trainings are provided to communities and stakeholders to make sure they are equipped with life-saving knowledge and skills, and the confidence to act when needed.
Every year, people are admitted to hospitals as a result of injuries from road accidents, falls, workplace injuries and so forth.
FRCS Safety Coordinator Riaz Khan said they were holding a first aid trainings and raising awareness in this special schools to celebrate the World First Aid Day this year.
“Raising awareness on the importance of having first aid skills enhances the students and teachers (in this special schools) capacity to take swift action to reduce or stabilize serious injuries and it assisted this participants to understand the basics of first aid procedures”.
“This year as part of the celebrations, we have organized programs with special schools which focuses on situations where many children find themselves in, like nose bleeds, poisoning and epilepsy. The program included skills involving primary assessment like airway and breathing,” he said.
The global theme for this year is “First Aid and Excluded People” Addressing exclusion through First Aid”.
Mr. Khan said that first aid training is an effective way to raise awareness at home and within the broader community about safety issues and prevention in a domestic setting.
“First aid training teaches people about the dangers and causes of home accidents and what to do in case of an injury. One of the easiest ways to prepare to save a life is to get trained in first aid”, he added.
How You Can Get Involved
To help increase First Aid knowledge in Fiji, encourage your family, friends, workmates and education institutions to sign up for Fiji Red Cross First Aid Course.
Be prepared and book into Fiji Red Cross First Aid course, or refresher course.