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Students, community urged to acquire first aid skills

[KRCS Offcials, From Left, KRCS Mombasa Branch Coordinator Rajab Mohammed Said, Star of the Sea Primary pupils, Abdallah Mohammed (Back) and Mombasa Branch Board Member Ahmed Juma Ahmed (Close right) handing over the trophy during the competitions. Photo/Maxwell Ngala]

Students and the entire Coastal community should learn various first aid skills so that they save lives and manage disasters.

The Kenya Red Cross Society Mombasa County branch said first aid knowledge was inevitable and young task should embrace it so as to be able to save lives in whatever circumstances.

Addressing competitors during the Coast regional first aid competitions held at Voi in Taita Taveta County over the weekend, Kenya Red Cross Society Mombasa branch Coordinator Rajab Mohammed Said said that the branch has already trained Mombasa residents and it was seeking partnership to expand the knowledge.

He said that first aid knowledge was important in schools, higher learning institutions and among the communities so as to equip them and enable them manage disasters.

“We have been at the forefront in ensuring that Mombasa residents have a grasp of first aid techniques, however we are seeking partnership so as the efforts become more successful,” he noted.

During the competitions, Star of the sea Primary school emerged the winner under Primary school category, The Technical University of Mombasa TUM grabbed the first position under the colleges category and Voyager beach hotel grabbed the cooperate category trophy. Red Cross Action Team-RCAT grabbed the second position

Generally, Mombasa County qualified for the National first aid competitions scheduled for September at the Kenya Red Cross society headquarters, in Nairobi.

On his part, the Mombasa County disaster management Officer and first aid trainer Abdallah Mohammed said that the humanitarian body will hasten its first aid programs so as to equip locals with technical ‘know how’ especially during disasters.

“With such knowledge on how to manage disasters, attend to emergencies and saving lives, the young task will also be encouraged to embrace volunteerism and community work which will help them gain experience and expand their  knowledge as they grow,” added Mr. Abdallah.