Mathew Masinge, H-Metro Reporter
The Zimbabwe Red Cross Society (ZRCS) has urged local schools to continue administering First Aid as a strategy to achieve a safer learning environment.
The ZRCS last Friday joined rest of the world in commemorating World First Aid Day at its Independent College in Kambuzuma.
This year’s event was held under the theme: “Be a hero at school and in your community”.
“In line with this year’s commemorations, as ZRCS we strongly believe that the inclusion of First Aid in the curriculum should promote contextually relevant educational programs according to children’s intellectual, social and behavioral abilities.
“Programs should also help children develop knowledge and skills in a broad range of topics including bleeding, burns, choking, diarrhoea, seizures, fever, injuries to bones, muscles or joints, poisoning, resuscitation, skin wounds and stings and bites,” said ZRCS secretary general Elias Hwenga.
Hwenga said ZRCS was committed to scaling first aid programs to prepare individuals in cases of emergency.
ZRCS Independent College head boy, Professor Murata, a survivor who was among the first responders during the Cyclone Idai, urged fellow students to master First Aid.
“I was privileged to have undergone a First Aid training prior to Cyclone Idai where I managed to offer help and saved many lives.
“The knowledge I had gave me mileage and bravery to administer First Aid to the victims and I am proud of myself.
“I want to urge my fellow students to go through the training and be part of the team to save lives,” he said.
Murata was later among those who were awarded a medal of bravery during the Cyclone Idai disaster.
Students at the college were taken through basic exercises on how to perform CPR at school or in their communities.
ZRCS operations manager Tapiwa Chadoka also graced the event.