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QRCS Inaugurates 3rd First-Aid Training Programme in Al-Shamal
October 15th, 2017 ― Doha: As the academic year began, Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) launched the 3rd version of its training programme "I Am a Paramedic", with QR 1 million funding from Ras Laffan Community Outreach Program (COP). October 15th, 2017 ― Doha: As the academic year began, Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) launched the 3rd version of its training programme "I Am a Paramedic", with QR 1 million funding from Ras Laffan Community Outreach Program (COP). This year, the programme targets to provide schoolchildren of 19 schools with first-aid training, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), suffocation, bleeding, fracture, nosebleed, burn, eye injury, epilepsy, asthma, poisoning, victim moving techniques, and early trauma intervention. So far, the programme has trained 188 students at five Al-Shamal schools – Al-Ghuwairia Primary/Preparatory Girls School, Al-Thakhira Primary Girls School, Smeisma Secondary Boys School, Smeisma Preparatory Boys School, and Aldaayen Preparatory Girls School. As the programme's sponsor, COP promotes first-aid training as a big pillar of its corporate social responsibility towards the benefit of various social groups. COP is a partnership initiative by the major business corporations in Ras Laffan Industrial City. Its main goal is to reduce the impact of climate change, hold community-based dialogue, and implement public interest projects. Noura Rashid Al-Dosari, Executive Director, QRCS's Volunteering and Local Development Division, said "I Am a Paramedic" is working for the third year in a row, in coordination with the host schools. According to her, QRCS is planning to expand the programme to cover all schools in the region. Describing the programme's strategy, Daas Qasim, a specialist medical trainer, explained, "From our experience in ambulatory and emergency activities, we found that the public often interfere wrongly, just to make the case worse. Sometimes, this may end up causing the death of the victim. That is why we pay particular attention to training people from different walks of life in life-saving first aid. Among the fundamental skills required for everyone are calling the ambulance, giving clear and accurate information, and taking necessary measures to ensure stability of the case until the arrival of specialist medical help".