By Ajuma Edwina Ogiri
Governments at all levels have been called upon to sponsor the training of secondary school students on basic first aid skills for accident victims.
The Secretary, Health and Human Services of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Amanda Pam, gave the advice at a free training for secondary school students on basic first aid skills on how to handle road accident victims in Abuja on Saturday.
The training was organised by an Abuja-based charity organisation- Lifeline Care Association, in partnership with Custodian Social Responsibility Foundation.
Pam, who was represented by her Special Assistant Administration, Bankole Lebi, further advocated for the introduction of the basic first aid skills for accident victims in school curriculum for secondary school students across the country.
“Giving available of funds, there is the need for government to sponsor such initiative so that it will go round. Children can be brought together in a particular school and be given such trainings at regular intervals.
“The government or any agency can collaborate with the initiative and make the training available to pupils all parts of the country. it should not be restricted to the urban areas because accidents could happen anywhere.”
She added: “I will suggest that such training should be included in our school curriculum. I will also suggest that the sponsors of this training should take it to other parts of the country.”
Speaking, Chief Executive Officer of Custodian Social Responsibility Foundation, Bumi Aderemi, noted that the training was aimed at impacting life saving skills to school children so that they will be able to help accident victims.
According to her, school children were targeted for the training “because they are able to learn very fast and once we get them young, they will have those skills for the rest of their life.”
On his part, the Founder, Founder Lifeline care Association, Dr Nkem Momoh, disclosed that apart from impacting the life saving skills for accident victims to the children, the training was also targeted at engendering the values of good Samaritan on the students “which is one of the strong values we promote in charity.”
While saying that his Foundation “will want to take the training to other parts of the country, Momah called on other corporate bodies and well-meaning individuals who will want to sponsor this training to come forward as part of the their Corporate Social Responsibility so that we can take this training to another level.”