Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has concluded its World First Aid Day 2019 celebrations by holding, over a week, a series of health education activities for the benefit of more than 53,000 people.
Health educators at the QRCS Medical Affairs Division delivered first-aid training workshops at five educational institutions: Rawdat Rashid Secondary School for Boys, Oscar International Academy, Eadad International Academy, Inspire Special Needs Therapy Centre and Khalid bin Ahmed Preparatory School for Boys.
At the QRCS-managed Workers’ Health Centres, which are supervised by the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), public events and competitions were held for visitors to four health facilities in Zekreet, Al-Hemailah, Mesaimeer and Fareej Abdulaziz.
The workshops were attended by more than 3,000 students, workers, persons with special needs and society members, both male and female, QRCS said in a statement.
Multiple health education messages were posted on QRCS' website and social media channels, which reached around 50,000 visitors with informative and audiovisual materials.
Muhsen A al-Malik, director of Communication and Public Relations at QRCS, said: “Every year, QRCS marks this important global occasion through its Training, Research and Development Centre. A select group of medical trainers and instructors present training courses accredited by the MoPH Qatar Council for Healthcare Practitioners, the American Heart Association (AHA) and the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies."
These courses cover first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, automated external defibrillator, AHA Heartsaver and oxygen administration.
For medical professionals, QRCS offers specialist courses on Infection Prevention & Control Core Competency Education, Direct Observation Skills Assessment in Wound Care Dressing, Nursing Leadership, Understanding Patient Safety Domains, Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support.
A wide range of health-related topics is presented to the public, such as basic community first aid, first aid for home safety, first aid for road traffic safety, first aid for sports injuries, importance of drinking and eating for prevention of kidney diseases, personal hygiene (body-hair-hands), oral health (toothbrushing – cavity prevention), healthy diet, daily breakfast (energy, activity and productivity), sports for life, prevention of tablet risks, smoking (risks-quitting), prevention of communicable diseases (HIV/AIDS-hepatitis C), diabetes between prevention and treatment, asthma (prevention-treatment-first aid for attacks), obesity: a modern-day plague (risks-prevention), healthy and safe adolescence, flu (protect yourself and others), importance of balanced blood pressure, prevention of occupational diseases (students-workers-employees) and blood donation saves lives, the statement added.
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