The Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) on Wednesday December 31st, 2014 launched the first ever national first aid policy to regulate the training for a better response to the victims during any natural or man-made disasters or even day to day life.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Saeed Elahi (Chairman PRCS) emphasized the important role of trained youth in the development of the country. He quoted the words of Quaid-e-Azam (Father of Nation), the founder president of the society,
“If we are to build a safer, cleaner and happier world let us start with the individual –catch him young and inculcate in him the slogan of service before self and purity in thought, word and deed. If our young people learn to befriend all, to help other people at all times, subordinate personal interest to the welfare of others, avoid violence of thought, word and action. I am confident that the attainment of universal brotherhood is possible and within our reach” (22nd December, 1947).
Dr Saeed Elahi stressed to further improve the quality of humanitarian works at all levels (NHQ, PHQs and District Branches). He said that the aim of the policy is to organize the first aid services all over the country for their effective response during any disaster.
He said that under the policy the PRCS will impart training to the officials of government, semi-government autonomous and private orgnisations.
Dr Jamal Nasir speaking on the occasion said that the policy is a first step in regularizing the first aid services in the country and stressed the need to impart first aid training at community level in order to minimize the risks in case of any emergency.
VC Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Institute of Medical Sciences Javed Akram, PRCS AJK Branch Chairman Sheikh Hameed and Dr Najeeb also spoke on the occasion.
PRCS Secretary General Dr Mahboob Sardar apprised the participants about the significant role the PRCS youth and volunteers played during recent disasters in different parts of the country be it the October, 2005 earthquake in AJK and NWFP, 2007 floods in Sindh and Balochistan, IDP’s relief operations.
Pakistan Red Crescent Society aims to reduce death and sufferings due to injury or sudden illness. First Aid training is not only useful in emergencies; it also helps in preventing injuries. When people take First Aid training they reduce their risk of getting injured, as much as 40%, because they become aware of potential dangers and learn to avoid them.
To Your Safety,
Faisal Javed Mir & First Aid to Save a Life
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