Protecting life and health of the most vulnerable through basic first aid training
Nairobi, September 13th, 2019: Basic first aid can mean the difference between life and death. A 2010 survey by the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies showed that a staggering 59% of deaths from injuries could have been prevented had First Aid been given before the emergency services arrived.
As part of events to mark World First Aid Day 2019, Kenya Red Cross Society hosted its Annual National First Aid Competition today at which groups from the corporate and public sector demonstrated their ability to cope and assist during emergencies.
Speaking at the event, Chief Guest Hon. Timothy Wanyonyi Wetangula, Member of Parliament for Westlands and Chair of the Kenya Paraplegic Association emphasized the critical role that First Aid plays in saving lives and called for more Kenyans to enroll for first AIDS Training.
“Every village, every workplace, school and college needs someone who can administer First AID. This is the only way we can save lives and prevent small injuries from causing permanent disability.” The MP said.
Sharing his experience on how First Aid saved his life Hon. Wanyonyi, stressed the need to improve emergency care in the country. He called on full implementation of the Emergency Care Policy developed in 2018 by the Ministry of Health which provided a platform that ensures that there is improved access, delivery and funding of emergency medical care.
In line with this year’s World First Aid theme First Aid and Excluded people, this year’s competition will see a team from the Kenya Society for the Blind show how visually impaired people can offer First Aid services. Other notable entries include teams from corporate giants Safaricom Limited, Total Kenya, Gulf African Bank, East African Breweries Limited, Egerton University the University of Nairobi and other public and private institutions.
Speaking at the same event Kenya Red Cross Society Secretary General Dr Abbas Gullet said that although the Society trains over 10,000 First Aid providers annually, this number was still too low. said in many countries First Aid training was compulsory in schools and colleges and urged Kenya to consider such a policy.