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QRCS marks World First Aid Day 2019 with training sessions
Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) celebrates today, Sunday, World First Aid Day 2019, which is observed on every second Saturday of September. Over a week, a series of health education lectures will be held, one per day, at five educational institutions: Rawdat Rashid Secondary School for Boys, Oscar International Academy, Eadad International Academy, Inspire Special Needs Therapy Center, and Khalid bin Ahmed Preparatory School for Boys. The lectures will be attended by students, teachers, administrative staff, parents, safety groups, and persons with special needs. At the same time, the Workers’ Health Centers, which are owned by the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) and operated by QRCS, will host public events and competitions for visitors of the five health facilities in Zekreet, Ras Laffan, Al-Hemailah, Mesaimeer, and Fareej Abdulaziz. “First aid is the immediate care given to an injured or ill person prior to medical assistance or ambulance vehicle being available,” said Dr. Ahmed D. Idlibi, Head of Health Education at Medical Affairs Division, QRCS. “As a subdiscipline of emergency medicine, it is the first step in medical training for first responders, physicians, and non-specialist society members”. QRCS, Dr. Idlibi emphasized, provided first-aid training that utilizes the best technology and scientific skills. By being trained to help patients or victims of any kind of accident, society members are well equipped to deal with everyday issues, achieve the social and humanitarian value of saving lives, and be fully prepared for any emergency that may arise. He added, “Another complementary side to ensure individual safety is community health education. It is a development program aimed at promoting health awareness and preventive health knowledge among individuals. Through health awareness messages, it seeks to educate society members in the field of public health, as well as to make them able to exercise a voluntary health education role within their social sphere, for disease control and prevention”. In 2000, World First Aid Day was started by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). Every year, more than 100 Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies observe the day by teaching people about the benefits of first aid and the right way to do it. According to IFRC, the theme of World First Aid Day 2019 is “First Aid and Excluded People”. Its main aim is to raise awareness of how first aid can prevent injuries and save lives every day and in crisis situation. It also promotes accessibility to first aid.