First aid training for ‘Litsha dwellers

2018-07-19 06:00
Residents at first aid training Participants familiarise themselves with the first aid kits provided before the practicals.PHOTO: thabang kuaho

Residents at first aid training Participants familiarise themselves with the first aid kits provided before the practicals.PHOTO: thabang kuaho

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Residents of Khayelitsha and surrounding areas flocked to the Centre of Science and Technology (COSAT) for a two-day Level 1 first aid training course.

Arthur Mabentsela, president of the Khayelitsha Engineering Society, through his theory “Imoto Ixinge Edakeni Dynamics” (loosely translated: a car that’s stuck in mud), saw a need for an initiative that teaches people to help out when they see others in need (of help).

“Basically, the idea was to give people skills to develop themselves and also minimise traffic in healthcare facilities, because usually, people can help out a person in certain situations instead of getting them to clinics.”

Sustainable Safe-T-Solutions, a tracking company that empowers the public with simple solutions to personal and asset tracking and safety, facilitated the training.

Deon Sims, managing director, says this course is important to people in previously disadvantaged communities because the people need to know how to preserve life until professionals come on scene.

“We like to operate from a preventative perspective. If there should be an accident, people need to know how to offer immediate and effective help to the victim,” he says.

“In some cases, it usually is minor issues that does not need serious medical attention­.”

As Summer is around the corner and more people will be going to beaches to cool off, the National Sea Rescue Institute’s Mark Benecke gave water safety tips to the participants in order to avoid drownings.

“Water safety is extremely important, it plays a vital role in saving lives. Most of our drownings are caused by rip currents, and people need to know how to avoid drowning,” he explains.

“The first thing people need to look out for before jumping into the water is to look out for flags and lifeguards. That way, many lives can be saved.”

He says that if people find themselves in possible drowning situations, they should not panic.

“Try to attract attention from someone and remain as calm as possible. Do not panic!” he says.

“If you do not remain calm and you panic, you will get tired and decide to give up.”

Yanga Mjayezi, one of the participants, says that she learnt a lot from the course and is now more equipped for an emergency. “I now know that I can save lives and don’t have to wait for ambulance to come.”


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