Journalists given first aid training by PRCS
KARACHI: Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) Sindh Branch organised First Aid Training for Journalists at Karachi Press Club (KPC) on the occasion of celebrating 150 years of World Red Cross Movement.
The training was attended by more than 100 journalists including cameramen, health and crime reporters and office bearers of Karachi Press Club, where they were taught how to save lives in emergency situations.
PRCS emergency response service has played a crucial role in saving lives. The service provided throughout the country uses fully equipped ambulances staffed by paramedical assistants and first aid workers, said PRCS official. The need for such first aid training among journalists, particularly cameramen and crime reporters is very obvious, he said.
Earlier while inaugurating the workshop, Provincial Media Officer of PRCS Aftab Madni emphasised the importance of the subject and said that accidents, blasts and other emergencies are frequent, and journalists are generally the first to arrive at the scene. If they know the basics of first aid, they can save many lives while also protecting themselves, he said.
Training Coordinator PRCS Dr Rizwana Wasif, said that first aid training course in KPC is organised to teach simple skills which could make all the difference if an emergency happens. The training course takes just few hours but it gives participants the knowledge and confidence to become lifesavers if a colleague, friend or family member falls ill or is injured, and they are called upon to help, she said.
Dr Rizwana said the course covered common first aid scenarios including what to do if someone is choking, unconscious or bleeding, and how to treat a burn or fracture. It will also help participants to spot the warning signs of a heart attack or stroke, and give them the tools to step in and act, she added.
In closing ceremony, PRCS Honorary Treasurer Shiekh Jalaluddin said that first aid training is very important for media practitioners whether they are in field or at home. President KPC Imtiaz Khan Faran and Health Committee Secretary Ghazala Fasih appreciated the efforts of PRCS for organising first aid training for journalists.
This was the second time PRCS has organised First Aid Training for Journalists at press club. It was announced that like 2012, Red Crescent will also organise three-day Advance First Aid Training for journalists in October 2013.