The observance of World First Aid Day takes place annually on the second Saturday of September. The World First Aid Day celebration was started in the year 2000 by The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).
For over a century and half, providing first aid services has been one of the main tasks of IFRC. They were inspired by a book A Memory of Solferino written by Henry Dunant, who had witnessed horrifying agony and suffering after the battle of Solferino in 1859. He mobilized the civilians then to care for the injured and gave them necessary supplies in order to create temporary hospitals. Dunant was one of the founders of IFRC, the organization that has proved how important humanitarian actions were and still are.
The World First Aid Day aims at raising public awareness of how all of us can save life in everyday, as well as crisis, situations. First few minutes after the accident are the most essential and the response time for an ambulance proves to the most critical in saving lives. This means that an injured person’s life might often depend on us and on what we can do.
How to celebrate this day?
We should start learning first aid essentials as early as possible, starting with school children. Teaching them the basic medical skills can one day become a life-saving activity. It is also very important to discuss the importance of first aid, emergency numbers, and the equipment of the First Aid kit with your children. The IFRC also believes that first aid should be accessible to all, even the most vulnerable people. We should all be willing to learn first aid and spread the information about its importance whenever we can.
You never know who may save your life.
Learning first aid doesn’t really take much time – it is usually a couple of hours course. Not a very big investment when it comes to saving lives, don’t you think? What is more, during the course you will not only learn how to help, but also gain the confidence to take action in a stressful situation.
To know more about the First Aid training course, do visit Red Cross Society website.
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