Zimbabwe Red Cross Society Humanitarian Ambassador Alick Macheso has urged Zimbabweans to train in basic First Aid with organisations like Zimbabwe Red Cross Society.
By OUR CORRESPONDENT
Macheso made these remarks at Chiredzi Government Primary School on Friday during the graduation ceremony of 215 teachers who had undergone a First Aid course convened by Zimbabwe Red Cross Society.
“As Zimbabwe Red Cross Society, we believe in First Aid for all, and I want to encourage all sectors of the Zimbabwean community to train in basic First Aid with us,” said the musician.
“Public transport operators, mines, schools and even maids to name a few must train in First Aid. You never know when you need it”.
All the teachers who attended the training were drawn from Masvingo province and the Provincial Education Director who was represented by District Education Officer, Asaniel Chauke thanked Red Cross for the tailor-made First Aid training programmes.
“As the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, we are pushing for child-friendly schools and First Aid is a major contributor to the safety of students. We are therefore encouraged by the strides made by the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society in ensuring child safety through their first aid training.
“As the provincial education directorate, we are saying it is imperative that every school has got a certain number of teachers trained in basic first aid”.
Zimbabwe Red Cross Society Secretary General Maxwell Phiri said Red Cross as an auxiliary to government humanitarian efforts was geared to make a contribution to the safety of students in schools as well as the general populace.
“First Aid is not an abstract thing but a necessary skill in saving lives and we encourage government through the relevant structures to foster first aid training so that we save lives. Accidents and emergencies can happen anytime and it is imperative that we equip our people with the relevant skills,” Phiri said.
One of the graduating students Shirrel Nkompilo, a teacher at Benzi Primary School in Zaka said she was elated to have acquired the skill.
“There are so many instances when we have been taken unaware by accidents but I am happy we have been fully equipped through this training. We hope to pass the same skills to our students,” she said.
Junior minister of Health and Child Welfare Tabeth Matilda Matoda, a student at Chiredzi Christian College, thanked Zimbabwe Red Cross Society for supporting efforts by government and the value addition First Aid in schools programme was giving.
“I want to thank Zimbabwe Red Cross Society for this important programme which I believe is a major contributor to the safety and welfare of students. It is my hope that their efforts are nationalised to ensure greater impact,” said the Junior minister.