Red Cross marks World First Aid Day
12 September 2017
Zimbabwe Red Cross Society (ZRCS) national president Edson Mlambo has revealed that the humanitarian player is a service organisation whose major preoccupation is saving lives and alleviating human suffering.
Mlambo made the remarks at an event to mark World First Aid Day at Allan Wilson High School on Saturday.
He said the organisation’s nationwide programmes including first aid training and services were all designed to save lives and improve livelihoods.
“As we join the global Red Cross movement in marking World First Aid Day, it is imperative that we understand the role the organisation plays in serving humanity.
The Red Cross is a service organisation there to alleviate human suffering wherever it is found and however it is caused. Programmes like first aid training and services feed into the bigger mission of the organisation,” he said.
Mlambo pointed out that first aid was a brand of the humanitarian organisation and citizens from all sectors of the Zimbabwean communty must have knowledge of the skill.
“First Aid is a brand of the Red Cross movement and can be traced to the very formative stages of the organisation over 150 years ago.
“Given the importance of first aid in emergency and disaster situations, it is our hope that all citizens get basic training of the discipline,” he said.
Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe Managing Director Obio Chinyere who was the guest of honour saluted Red Cross’ efforts in ensuring safety for citizens.
“Safety is a critical component of everyday living and we are encouraged by the good work the Red Cross is doing in saving lives.
“As the Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe, we value safety not only on the roads but also in the communities and workplace. We are happy the Red Cross is playing it’s part through first aid training and we will continue looking at ways to synergise our efforts,” Chinyere said.
The World First Aid Day commemorations saw 21 teams drawn from mines, industry and Red Cross provincial centers competing in first aid simulations to showcase their preparedness and ability to deal with emergencies and disasters.
Packaging giant Megapak was the toast of the first aid competitions with their two teams coming first and third while Freda Rebecca Mine came second.