MRCS trains Nsanje communities in First Aid ahead of possible disasters

Nsanje: Malawi Red Cross Society (MRCS) has reiterated that first aid is a pillar for building safer and resilient communities.

Nsanje MRCS District Coordinator, Patricia Gadi made the sentiments on Friday in the area of Traditional Authority (TA) Chimombo where the society is training 60 Community Based Disaster Response Teams (CBDRT) members on first aid as one way of preparing for possible disasters.

She noted that first aid is a vital initial step for providing effective and swift action that helps to reduce serious injuries and improve chances of survival when a disaster strikes.

Gadi said it was imperative for remote communities who are prone to disasters with limited access to professional health sservices have trained first-aid volunteers within the community to respond in time when a disaster strikes.

With support from Flemish government through Belgian Red Cross under Climate Change and Adaptation Project, we are providing first aid training to CBDRTs who are at community level.

When disaster occurs, casualties are likely to happen and need to be taken care of immediately. For this to be achieved, Malawi Red Cross Society and its partners believes first aid should be accessible to all, including the most vulnerable, and be an already part of a wider developmental approach that values and prioritizes prevention, hence the training, Gadi explained.

MRCS First Aid Trainer, Davie Magoli said the training would equip the CBDRT members with the much needed skills on how they could provide first aid to the community members in case of disasters.

Nsanje, especially TA Chimombo is prone to flooding through Nyachipere River, and during such times people are involved in accidents which may result into injuries among other things. The participants will be equipped with skills so that when such things happen they should be able to assist the victims with locally available resources before they are taken to the hospital, he remarked.

One of the trained CBDRT members, Esme Madi lauded the initiative saying it would help save lives since a lot of people have been dying in the area because they could not get first aid treatment.

I witnessed a case where a person died of cholera because he did not get immediate medical attention. With this training, I believe lives will be saved while they are waiting for medical treatment, she recalled.

Four districts in the country namely, Nsanje, Lilongwe, Chikwawa and Zomba are benefiting from Flemish government support through Belgian Red Cross under Climate Change and Adaptation Project.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA

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