By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – The National Emergency Management Agency, (NEMA), North-West Zone, on Monday has commenced a 4-day training of its staff on basic First-Aid and Casualty Handling during disasters.
Speaking at the opening of the programme, NEMA North-West Zonal Coordinator, Imam Garki, disclosed that the programme was initiated by the Director-General of the Agency, retired AVM Muhammadu Muhammed, to build staff capacity for effective response to emergencies.
According to him, the exercise is organised in collaboration with the Nigerian Red Cross Society to provide staff of the agency with the right skills, competence and operational readiness to handle disasters.
“Building the capacity of personnel on casualty handling is imperative in the event of an emergency, thus reducing loss of lives and further escalation of injuries.
“The Nigerian Red Cross Society is one of the major partners of NEMA and stakeholders in disaster management.
“Therefore, NEMA engaged the Society to provide the basic first aid training for certification of the staff and re-certification for those that have been previously trained,” he said.
State Secretary of Red Cross Society, Mr Sunday Awulu, said the staff were trained on safety and security, applying basic techniques on breathing and unconscious casualty.
Other areas are; handling severe bleeding cases, fracture, fire burns, unconscious persons, bullet wounds and embedded objects.
“We also train them on bones setting such as fracture and dislocation, brain and strain,” he added.
Awulu stated further that the target was to ensure that NEMA staff applied the best first aid to the general public when disaster occurred.
Participants at the training includes; Federal Road Safety Corps, Nigerian Civil Defence Corps, Fire Service, Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency, and the National Union of Road Transport Workers.