NGO aims to train 1,000 first aid instructors by 2017

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THE Brunei Darussalam Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) has set its sights on producing 1,000 certified first aid instructors by 2017.

BDRCS General Secretary Sheikh Kadir Abdullah said the non-governmental organisation wants first aid skills training to be more accessible at the grassroots level.

Speaking on the sidelines of BDRCS’ World First Aid Day observance at the Oil and Gas Discovery Centre (OGDC) in Seria yesterday, the general secretary said the Red Crescent Society hoped newly certified instructors could train more people in communities to save lives.

He said the NGO can now aim high in promoting the importance of first aid responses at the community level as its First Aid Academy was established in February last year.

“Those who are enrolled in the academy are also given international training, and will be accredited by the Federation of International Red Cross/Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) once they have completed their courses.

“Once they have received their accreditation, they will be tasked to produce ‘community trainers’ who will be selected to teach others in their villages,” added Sheikh Kadir.

Community trainers, said Sheikh Kadir, do not necessarily need to be accredited, so long as they are certified to at least teach the basics of first aid.

This is in line with BDRCS’s strategic plan to have at least one person equipped with basic first aid skills in every Bruneian household, so that proper actions are taken whenever emergency situations arise.

At the moment, he said the academy has managed to produce around 570 first aid instructors, with the help of the government, private companies and non-government organisations (NGOs).

The general secretary added that the forum aimed to discuss and raise awareness on first aid skills.

Present as guest of honour was the head of medical officers at Brunei Shell Petroleum (BSP) Sdn Bhd’s Panaga Health Centre, Dr Ahmad Fakhri Hj Junaidi.

“In Belait, currently we are working together with the Belait Youth Association (PEMBELA) to promote first aid awareness, but we will also be approaching other NGOs and private companies in the district to further promote our objectives,” he said.

“What is fundamental is that, having more people with basic first aid skills in the society means having more people capable of saving lives; and such preparedness is something our communities should have,” he added.

The Brunei Times