Sunday, September 14, 2014. AARON HUMES Reporting: Today, September 13, is World First Aid Day and the national societies of the Red Cross and Red Crescent movements are launching an effort to get their people educated on the importance of learning basic first aid skills.
According to Information and Communications Officer for the Belize Red Cross, Rodel Beltran-Perera, the Red Cross intends to emphasize, in a sustained campaign, that regular people, even your own family members, on the ground, can easily learn first aid at any level.
Red Cross district branches have been charged with developing activities surrounding first aid that will continue beyond today, so that over a period of time as many Belizeans as possible become trained in giving first aid.
The Red Cross offers courses and has trained many in how to respond to accidents and other situations, including police recruits and teachers.
First aid is mainly seen as an opportunity to stabilize a wounded or hurt victim.
Because ambulances and first responders may not get to the scene in time, it is important that someone with knowledge of first aid be able to minimize the risk of death or impairment as a result of leaving the victim unattended.
For instance, a person with heatstroke from excessive exposure to the sun should be laid down flat on the ground, in open air, fed fluids and kept cool.
Persons involved in traffic accidents who have sustained broken bones can have their wounds tied and the bleeding stopped and the injured part of the body bandaged up.
The theme for the day is Be A Hero, Save Lives, Learn First Aid.
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