ABUJA – The Nigerian Red Cross Society (NCRS) has canvassed for the training of workers, road users and uniform personnel on first aid management.
Mr Auwal Muhammad, Coordinator, Training and Mobilisation of the society, made the call in an interview with newsmen  in Abuja.
He said the knowledge of first aid management could help reduce the number of causalities recorded at work places and in road accidents across the country.
Muhammad said the training was very important as the knowledge acquired would, among other things, check delayed assistance in emergency situations.
According to him, it is very expedient that certain categories of people acquire the knowledge to become professionals in humanitarian work.
“The first aid training will help equip road users and uniform officers with skills of basic life support.
“This includes the basic principles of first aid, cardio pulmonary resuscitation, bleeding control, injuries to bone, shock and fracture, among others.
“Road users, commercial drivers and uniform officers most often encounter fatal accidents on the high way with injured victims facing life threatening conditions which could be averted,’’ Muhammad said.
Mr Bashir Dan-Illela, National First Aid Trainer, NRCS, also told Newsmen that road users and uniform officers were usually the first respondents in emergency situations, hence the need for the training.
He said first aid had over the years proven to be very effective, safe and simple when used to reduce the severity of injuries in emergencies.
According to Dan-Illela, the training will afford road users and patrol officers the opportunity to learn how to give comfort and emotional support to injured victims.
He added that it would build their confidence to know what to do in emergency situations particularly on taking safety precautions as first aiders.
He said skills on how to improvise during emergency situations were key in the knowledge of first aid.