LifeSaver­sNG Trains Youths on First Aid

Says 9 in 10 Nige­ri­ans lack emer­gency care knowl­edge

THISDAY - - HEALTH NEWS - Mar­tins Ifi­jeh

No fewer than 25 youths have been trained on ba­sic first aid First skills by the Life­Savers Ini­tia­tive for First Aid Ed­u­ca­tion in Nige­ria (LifeSaver­sNG) in Benin city, re­cently.

Founder of the NGO, Ogbe­mu­dia Eddy Uwoghiren, who is a fifth year medical stu­dent in the Univer­sity of Benin, said the world would be a safer place if every­one has ba­sic first aid skills.

At the train­ing tagged #Pulse4Beats 1.0, Uwoghiren said, the or­gan­i­sa­tion re­ceived a to­tal of 174 ap­pli­ca­tions for the train­ing slot and had a tough time se­lect­ing the 27 most mo­ti­vated ap­pli­cants.

“Our plan is to cre­ate a world where every­one has ba­sic first aid skills, and we want to pos­i­tively im­pact com­mu­ni­ties by equip­ping them with first aid equip­ment.

“Prompt pre-hospi­tal care is nec­es­sary to im­prove out­come of road traf­fic ac­ci­dent vic­tims, how­ever this ser­vice is sub­op­ti­mal in Nige­ria and some de­vel­op­ing coun­tries be­cause of lack of Emer­gency Medical Ser­vices (EMS). Train­ing of lay re­spon­ders is how­ever a means of filling this gap in set­tings with in­ad­e­quate EMS.

He said sta­tis­tics have shown that nine in 10 Nige­ri­ans lack ba­sic first aid skill, while in the United States, it is three in 10. “This dearth of first aid knowl­edge has led to an in­crease in death rate dur­ing emer­gen­cies, and a poor rank­ing of Nige­ria’s Heath sec­tor (187 out of 190 coun­tries).”

He ap­pre­ci­ated the Univer­sity Deputy Vice Chan­cel­lor (Aca­demics) Pro­fes­sor Pius Irib­hogbe, a pro­fes­sor of Trauma Surgery for his sup­port dur­ing the plan­ning of the pro­gramme.

A para­medic staff at the Ac­ci­dent and Emer­gency Depart­ment of Univer­sity of Benin Teach­ing Hospi­tal (UBTH), Micah Iduitua, took par­tic­i­pants through Ba­sic Life Sup­port Skills (BLS) in­clud­ing air­way open­ing ma­noeu­vres, car­diopul­monary re­sus­ci­ta­tion, mouth to mask ven­ti­la­tion, bad valve mask ven­ti­la­tion, chok­ing re­lief and haem­or­rhage con­trol

He said: “First aid should also cover ar­eas around snake bites, drug over­dose, syn­cope, re­cov­ery po­si­tion, main­tain­ing C spine, among oth­ers.” Af­ter the train­ings, the par­tic­i­pants were en­gaged in prac­ti­cal classes.

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