Health Promotion Department marks World First Aid Day 2019

  • Thursday 12, September 2019 04:04 PM
Sharjah 24: On the occasion of the World First Aid Day which falls on September 14, the Health Promotion Department at the Supreme Council for Family Affairs in Sharjah (SCFA) concluded on Thursday a training course on first aid under the title “First Responder”.
The course was organised in cooperation with Sharjah Police – Ambulance & Rescue Department and targeted 35 employees from various governments institutions in Sharjah.

The event is part of “Wazen” initiative - the first health survey for Sharjah Government employees – which was launched under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah and Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs in Sharjah, In a strategic partnership with the Department of Statistics and Community Development in Sharjah.

Delivered by Lt Colonel Faisal Jassim Al Dokhi, Director of the Rescue Department at the Department of Traffic and Patrols, and Sergeant Anas Mahrous Zidan, the three-day training programme introduced staff to the basic first aid principles and trained employees on how to apply them in the event of minor incidents through a first aid hands-on. Upon completion, the trainees have been awarded an internationally recognized first aid license by the Health Promotion Department.

Raising Health Awareness
HE Iman Rashid Saif, Director of the Health Promotion Department, said that organizing the course stems from the department’s keenness on raising the health awareness among society members, noting that “Wazen” program would help enhance the awareness of applying

healthy and safe behaviors, as pursuant to the visions and directives of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs in terms of raising the health

awareness among the citizens and residents and providing a healthy life for the next generations.

The Director of the Health Promotion Department added: “It’s important to hold such training courses with a view to acquainting the individuals with first aid essentials. This is because of the great role of first aid in saving the lives of the injured and facilitating the process of ambulance specialists, especially in cases that require immediate and urgent action such as, Insect bites, poisoning, burns, heat strokes, muscle strain, fractures, various injuries, and other conditions.”

Saif underscored that the Health Promotion Department is ready to cooperate with all government departments in the field of training and health education. Such programs would greatly contribute to achieving the general objectives of the Health Promotion Department, which is primarily based on enhancing the community awareness and health services provided to all society members.

The course was met with positive feedback from the employees, who received 12 hours of training, in which they learned about the quick procedures that a paramedic must provide.

In addition to providing the trainee with a clear idea of the tools that must be available to save the injured and the cases that require first aid, and many other skills so that participants can properly and effectively help the injured on their own.