On World “First Aid Day” under the theme “First Response to Road Crashes”, the Liberia National Red Cross Society (LNRCS) is encouraging the public to take interest in learning first aid to help reduce the number of injuries and deaths in roads accidents in Liberia.
Around 1.25 million people worldwide lose their lives yearly as a result of road traffic accidents with an estimated 1,585 deaths recorded in Liberia in 2017, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
In addition, tens of thousands are injured each year, often with life-changing outcomes. The Secretary-General of the LNRCS Madam Sayba Tamba says:
“As road users, whether pedestrians, riders, drivers or passengers, we all stand at risk but can reduce exposure to injuries and deaths. One of the best ways to prevent these tragedies and reduce casualties is to learn to apply first aid while awaiting medical assistance.”
In nearly every country in the world, the National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies are leading providers of first aid and first response training. In Liberia, the LNRCS has been providing first aid training and kits across the country for decades, teaching techniques and actions necessary for preparedness and immediate response to assist casualties.
From January to August 2018, the Liberian Red Cross has trained over 138 persons across the country and remains prepared and ready to deliver First aid training and services to anyone or institution. Our first aid training is open to all, and we look forward to working with individuals, groups, and communities to help make our roads safer for everyone.”
These trainings are intended to enhance knowledge and skills amongst the general population including drivers, passengers and pedestrians, enabling them to provide immediate assistance to people injured on roads.
Madam Tamba said:
“The loss of the life of a single person is as a tragedy, which can be avoided. We encourage road users to take advantage of the LNRCS first aid training to help save lives.