Abuja – Worried by the increasing rate of road crashes, the Nigeria Red Cross Society (NRCS) has put measures in place to carry out first aid management in Kogi and Kwara communities.
The NRCS Coordinator, Training and Mobilisation, Mr Awal Muhammad, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Wednesday that the two states have been identified as road accident-prone.
According to him, the knowledge of first aid management could help to reduce the number of causalities recorded in road accidents in the country.
He said the society was working in collaboration with the Federal Road Safety Commission to meet the needs of causalities of road accidents.
“We are working with the FRSC to train communities that are prone to road accidents in Kogi and Kwara states on first aid.
“Four communities have been identified in those states, and we will provide them with first aid kits in order to respond to any emergency.’’
Mohammed added that the training would help build the community members’ confidence to know what to do in emergency situations, particularly on taking safety precautions as first aiders.
He noted that the training was very important as the knowledge acquired would among other things, check delayed assistance in emergency situations.
According to him, it is important for all road users and traffic controllers to acquire first aid skills to become professionals in humanitarian work.
“The first aid training will help equip road users and community members with skills of basic life support and the opportunity to learn how to give comfort and emotional support to injured victims.
“This includes the basic principles of first aid, cardio pulmonary resuscitation, bleeding control, injuries to bone, shock, fracture, among others.
“Road users and commercial drivers most often encounter fatal accidents on the highway with victims facing life threatening conditions, this can be averted when they have first aid skills to manage such emergencies.’’
Mohammed noted that the society in collaboration with the International Community of Red Cross and Red Crescent, have put measures in place to train selected persons on emergency response in states experiencing communal clashes. (NAN)