Red Cross marks World First Aid Day

HARARE - Zimbabwe Red Cross Society (ZRCS) yesterday marked World First Aid Day with a well-attended event at Allan Wilson High School in Harare.

Running under the theme “First Aid and Domestic Accidents” the commemorations which also had a first aid competition drew over 20 teams from mining, industry, Zimbabwe Republic Police and tertiary institutions.

ZRCS national president Edson Mlambo highlighted the importance of first aid and called on citizens of Zimbabwe to be abreast with the skill.

“First aid is a brand of the Red Cross and can be traced to the very formative stages of the Red Cross movement.

“It is an important skill in saving lives and we encourage citizens from all walks of life to be trained in first aid.”

Mlambo highlighted that first aid is not an abstract thing and ZRCS was doing its best to roll out first aid knowledge through its Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) programme targeting both schools and communities.

Guest of honour at the commemorations Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe (TSCZ) managing director Obio Chinyere said it was imperative that all self-respecting citizens have basic knowledge of first aid.

“Safety is essential in saving lives and as TSCZ we join the Red Cross in entrenching its importance.

“The safety and welfare of citizens is essential in our everyday living and we are encouraged by the good work being done by Zimbabwe Red Cross through their nationwide trainings”, Chinyere said.

The TSCZ boss also highlighted that they were pushing for synergies with the Zimbabwe Red Cross aimed at ensuring safety and reducing carnage on roads.

ZRCS is a first aid trainer and provider of repute with various first aid training programmes available at its nationwide centres.

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