Red Crescent organizes first aid training session for journalists

KARACHI: Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) Sindh on Tuesday organized First Aid Training for journalists on the occasion of celebrating 150 years of World Red Cross Red Crescent Movement. This was the second consecutive time Red Crescent has organized first aid training for journalists at Karachi Pres Club.

The training was attended by more than 100 journalists – cameramen, health & crime reporters and office-bearers of Karachi Press Club where they were taught how to save lives in emergency situations. It was announced that like 2012, Red Crescent will also organize three-day advance first aid training for journalists in October 2013.

Pakistan Red Crescent emergency response service has come to play a crucial role in saving lives. The service provided throughout most of the country uses full equipped ambulances staffed by paramedical assistants and first-aid workers. It become clear that the need of such first-aid training among journalists, particularly cameramen and crime reporters.

Provincial Media Officer of Red Crescent Aftab Madni emphasized the importance of the subject and said that accident, bomb blasts, and other emergencies are frequent and journalists are generally the first to arrive the scene. If they know the basics of the first-aid, they can save many lives also protecting themselves.

Training Coordinator Dr Rizwana Wasif said the first aid training course at KPC is organized to learn simple skills which could make all the difference if an emergency happened on their doorstep. She said training course taken just few hours but it give participants the knowledge and confidence to become lifesaver if a colleague, friend or family members fall ill or is injured, and they are called upon to help .

She said course covered common first aid scenarios including what to do if someone is choking, unconscious or bleeding, and how to treat a burn or fracture. She said it would also help participants spot the warning signs of a heart attack or stroke, and give them the tools to step in and act.

PRCS Honorary Treasurer Shiekh Jalaluddin said that first aid training is very important for media men whether they are in field or at home. He thanked KPC administration and invited all media organizations to collaboratively organize full fledge first aid training for journalists and other staff.

President Imtiaz Khan Farhan and health committee secretary Ghazala Fasih of Karachi Press Club appreciated the efforts of PRCS for organizing First Aid Training for journalists.

All the participants and administration of KPC were awarded participation certificates, First Aid Boxes and souvenir gifts.