Red Crescent Society, International Committee of the Red Cross and The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, are celebrating the World First Aid Day to promote and advocate for first aid knowledge and skills to the wider public.
Every year, the second Saturday of September is observed as World First Aid Day to recognize and celebrate the important role that National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and other organizations play in providing quality first aid trainings worldwide as a way of building people’s capacity to respond in situations of injury or illness.
This year, the theme of WFAD is “First Aid in Schools”, placing the youth at the core of this first aid awareness day.
Some training and prevention themes will also revolve around necessary life-saving actions in these unprecedented times of COVID-19, such as the obligation to wear a mask at school, to wash their hands regularly and adaptation of first aid procedures.
In a statement on the occasion, PRCS Chairman Abrar ul Haq said PRCS has made numerous systematic and structural interventions to promote first aid by arranging first aid training programs through an accessible and inclusive approach.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, PRCS has successfully conducted various first aid training sessions across Pakistan. “We have witnessed an overwhelming response to the first aid training sessions.
I can proudly say that from 2020 to 2021, the number of trained first aiders has increased from 18,767 to 27,787. Moreover, I feel proud to add that these first aiders have responded to over 4,600 emergency cases to date from the start of this year”, Abrar ul Haq added.