Basic first aid vital skills for government personnel

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LEARNING basic first aid skills are essential for government officers and personnel, especially when their tasks require them to take care of other people around them, said participants of the three-day basic first aid training at the National Disaster Management Centre yesterday.

Corporal Musa Hj Abdullah from the Prisons Department said having the basic skills is needed in dealing with inmates who suddenly fall ill and collapse while serving their sentence.

While the case may be infrequent, the personnel from Maraburong prison said the safety and health of the prisoners have always been prioritised by the department.

“In this case, we are considered as the first responders; if we have the basic skills, we could at least identify the sources should the inmates report a headache or difficulties in breathing, and then ease their pain,” he said.

“And we may also help to mitigate their suffering should they contract any disease while they are serving their jail terms.”

He also said the course may well be extended to prison warders, as they are the ones who would mostly spend their time guarding their prisons and inquiring about the well-being of prisoners.

“But of course I would share what I learn with my colleagues once I finish the course, as it really does help us in taking care of the inmates,” he said.

Sharing the same sentiment was a member of the Brunei-Muara District Office Mohamad Julremi Hj Zaini who is taking the course as a volunteer under the Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah (YSHHB).

While the district office gets help from other agencies when there is a need to activate a district disaster management centre, Mohamad Julremi said having more people with skills to assist them would help to mitigate the impacts of disasters.

“Perhaps as a volunteer, we can be assigned to anywhere and knowing at least how to do cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and bandaging of wounds and fractures could also help, be they to look after those affected by flood or to tend to an injured person,” he said.

“Before this, I only knew how to treat injuries sustained through football matches and had yet to receive any proper training, and when I am done, I may propose for officers at my workplace to also go through this course as I see its holds quite a benefit for us,” he added.

Sufinah Hj Sulaiman, Acting Volunteers Coordinating Officer under YSHHB who was also responsible in handling participants, said those who were selected to represent the foundation come from different backgrounds.

“Some of them were former military members, government officers and graduates from higher educational institutions and besides being able to assist better as volunteers, they may also be able to share what they learn with their circles as they will be certified if they passed the course,” she said.

Sufinah said there is a period of two years of certification once a person has passed the basic first aid course.

“For us, the foundation will keep on updating them with the latest knowledge on treatments and procedures, and should their certification period is nearing its expiry date, we will find ways to at least refresh their knowledge or enroll them back to the programme,” she said.

The Brunei Times