The Kenya Red Cross hosted its annual national first aid competition as part of events marking World First Aid Day 2019. The competition featured private and public sector groups who have demonstrated their ability to cope. and help in an emergency.
Basic first aid can mean the difference between life and death. A survey carried out in 2010 by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies showed that 59% of deaths from injuries could have been avoided if first aid had been provided before the arrival of emergency services. ’emergency.
Speaking at the event, guest of honor Hon. Timothy Wanyonyi Wetangula, Member of Parliament for Westlands and President of the Kenya Paraplegic Association highlighted the vital role first aid plays in saving lives and called on more Kenyans to enroll in the first AIDS training .
“Every village, workplace, school and college needs someone who can administer first aid. This is the only way to save lives and prevent small injuries from causing permanent disability. Said the deputy.
Sharing his experience on how first aid saved his life Hon. Wanyonyi, stressed the need to improve emergency care in the country. He called for the full implementation of the emergency care policy developed in 2018 by the Ministry of Health, which provided a platform to ensure improved access, delivery and funding of emergency medical care.
In keeping with this year’s global first aid theme, First Aid and the Excluded, this year’s competition will see a team from the Kenya Society for the Blind demonstrate how visually impaired people can provide first aid services. Other notable entries include teams from corporate giants Safaricom Limited, Total Kenya, Gulf African Bank, East African Breweries Limited, Egerton University, University of Nairobi and other public and private institutions.
Speaking at the same event, Kenya Red Cross Secretary-General Dr Abbas Gullet said that although the Society trains more than 10,000 rescuers a year, that number is still too low. He said that in many countries first aid training was compulsory in schools and colleges and urged Kenya to consider such a policy.
World First Aid Day is a worldwide celebration that takes place on the second Saturday in September. It was established by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in 2000 and has been celebrated annually since. World First Aid Day aims to raise awareness of how first aid can prevent injuries and save lives in everyday and crisis situations, as well as to promote the accessibility of first aid. The events and activities organized on this day focus on first aid training. Each year a new overall theme for the day is chosen and participants are encouraged to plan events based on the theme for the current year.