By Justin Tyopuusu, Jalingo
Following recent reports of attacks and killings in Taraba state, The Red Cross, an international non governmental organization (NGO) in continuation of its intervention has trained at least 50 volunteers to respond to cases of emergency before evacuation of victims to the hospitals.
The organization’s head of Media in Taraba, Mrs. Faith Ilo in a Press statement issued in Jalingo on Sunday said the aim of the training was to give first aid skills to volunteers as a means of saving lives before final evacuation to the hospital.
She explained that 50 community volunteers were trained in Manya community in Takum and Suntai community in Bali local government areas of the state.
“The aim of the training is to equip and build local capacities most especially among young people with requisite skills and first aid kits as well as use of available local resources within the community to respond to emergency situations.
“The training is necessary because in case of an emergency situation where one is bleeding, such a person need immediate care to prevent avoidable death.
“In most cases these emergencies happened in the rural areas where immediate access to the hospital is a challenge, so the training will help the volunteers to safe lives in such situations.
“It’s therefore important that we have first responders in every community across the state, hence we cannot rule out emergencies from time to time even in our homes.”
The statement quoted the traditional rulers of the communities where the training took place as expressing gratitude for the supportive roles the Red Cross had been playing in their communities.
According to the statement the traditional rulers of Manya and Suntai communities were overwhelmed with joy and expressed hope that the training will go along way in making the participating volunteers responsive and responsible members of the community who will help in reducing casualties by promptly responding to emergency situations.