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‘It’s Not Only For Medical Professionals’

‘It’s Not Only For Medical Professionals’
Students, teachers and parents of Seaqaqa Primary School pose for a group photo with the provincial administer of Macuata, Inoke Tagicakibau (standing second from the right) and the staff of Fiji Red Cross Society, Fiji Police Force and National Fire Authority officers during the World First Aid Day celebration in their school at Seaqaqa last Saturday. Photo: Shratika Naidu
September 14
11:38 2015

Many lives are lost in Fiji because first responders do not know how to act and react, says Macuata provincial administrator Inoke Tagicakibau.

He told the people gathered during the World First Aid Day celebrations at Seaqaqa Primary School last Saturday that most people thought saving lives were for medical professionals only.

“This is true only to a certain degree; if you know what to do in a critical situation, you can prevent loss of lives,” Mr Tagicakibau said.

“The global theme ‘First Aid in Ageing Population’ recognises the vulnerability of senior citizens globally.”

He said First Aid was a tool that can save lives if people shared the knowledge.

“Saving a life does not mean rushing the injured or affected person to a medical facility but it is how one attends to a distressed person in the right way before any medical assistance is rendered,” he said.

“I thank the Fiji Red Cross Society and Government for organising this event to educate the people of the Labasa and Seaqaqa because accidents do happen and they should have knowledge of First Aid,” Mr Tagicakibau said.

Fiji Red Cross Society North co-ordinator Arthur Simmons told the parents and students that World First Aid Day was a time to remind the world that First Aid saved lives. He said First Aid should be mandatory in schools, workplaces, and for those applying for driving licences.

“Applying First Aid in the first few critical moments of an emergency often makes the difference between life and death,” he said.

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