Bhubaneswar, March 19 (LocalWire): ActionAid with the support of Motorola Solution Foundation organised a two-day training programme on rescue and first aid to women and youth volunteers in an effort to ensure public safety and build a team of volunteers at the community level who can lend a helping hand during emergencies and disasters.
Forty women and youth leaders from the most disaster-prone areas of three blocks of Jagatsinghpur and Ganjam districts trained on different aspects of the rescue and first aid.
How to react during emergency, first aid and the law, universal precautions, DRABC approach for assessment of danger, response, airway, breathing and circulation before providing first aid care to any injured people, technique of clearing a foreign body obstructing the airway, basic life support techniques of breath rescue, cardio pulmonary resuscitation, and recovery positions, trauma management, bleeding control and soft tissue injuries; fractures (use of splint and bandages); shock management; burns; dressing-types and process; bandage – use of triangular; roller; crepe bandages for injury to different parts of the body were few of the things taught during the programme.
The Assistant Commissioner, St. John Ambulance, South Odisha Division, Pradip Kumar Mohapatra, joined this programme as a trainer and facilitated it by demonstrations and engaging group activities among the participants.
BN Durga, Programme Officer of ActionAid, discussed how to develop a collective action plan among the volunteers and take it forward and create more synergy among different groups and volunteers at community level.
The volunteers planned to share the contact details of the first aid volunteers in such a way that it is easily available during emergency. Further, the volunteers planned to share the knowledge and information with school children and young volunteers to expand the group.
They also planned to take up public safety as a campaign using social media where each volunteer will appeal as ‘I am first aid volunteer and I extend support for public safety’, and ‘Join me in the campaign on public safety’.
Bighneswar Sahu, a senior journalist, who joined the ActionAid programme, urged to build synergy of volunteerism around public safety. This effort would inspire many young men and women to come forward and join the campaign of public safety through extending voluntary first aid support at community level.
The Secretary of UAA, Managarj Panda said, ‘We can create volunteerism around public safety with the leadership of the trained volunteers and connect more people and create awareness on public safety.’