The Red Cross Society of Nigeria has advocated for Nigerians to invest in training on First Aid use and procedures to save lives during accidents and emergency situations.
Prof. Peter Katchy, the chairman of Red Cross in Anambra said, “A lifelong commitment to learning and providing First Aid is what makes us more resilient in times of accident and natural emergencies.”
Katchy said this in a statement in Enugu to commemorate the World First Aid Day, celebrated globally every second Saturday in September.
He said that the First Aid Day, which its 2022 theme is, Lifelong: First Aid, remained significant for every individual, regardless of background, to know how to use and perform First Aid operations to manage emergencies.
According to him, First Aid training provides more than the knowledge and skills for effective response, it also provides the confidence to act when needed in emergencies.
Katchy also enumerated five aims of First Aid, mainly preservation of life, preventing the escalation of the illness or injury, promotion of recovery, pain relief and protecting the unconscious.
He urged families to also invest on First Aid by simply having training on it and having First Aid boxes in their homes to effectively deal with health and domestic emergencies before calling a doctor or going to hospital/clinic.
He also appealed to governments, organisations and philanthropists to support Red Cross to provide First Aid training and well-equipped boxes to schools, public gathering centres and local communities.