Do you know what to do in emergencies? We do [Archives:2007/1026/Local News]

February 19 2007

SANA'A, Feb. 18 ) The Yemeni Red Crescent, represented by Ilyas Mani deputy director of the organisation, provided Yemen Times staff with a crash course on first aid in two sessions this week. Mani, who is also a lecturer at Sana'a University Faculty of Agriculture, explained at the beginning of the session that the Yemeni Red Crescent continuously provides such training voluntarily to whoever requests it in order to enhance the community awareness of first aid and hence to effectively help injured people and reduce their suffering.

“The first thing you need to know is that by learning first aid not only do you reduce the pain and complications of an injury, you can also save lives. This is why it is important that everyone knows at least the basics and have a first aid kit available at all times,” said Mani.

The sessions included how to act during accidents and how to deal with various injuries such as bleeding, unconsciousness, suffocation, shocks, fractions, poison and animal bites, bruises and burns. The 40 participants enjoyed the training and interacted with the issue and practiced CPR on dummies.

Nadia Al-Sakkaf, editor in chief of Yemen Times, explained that such awareness sessions are important for people and organizations should facilitate training for their staff.

“I would encourage other organsiations to contact the Red Crescent and arrange for such training on regular basis,” she said.