ZIMBABWEANS must value life instead of taking pictures and videos of victims for social media at accident scenes, Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister Prisca Mupfumira has said. She made the remarks during commemorations of the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society First Aid Day held in Harare recently.
“I encourage all Zimbabweans to have basic knowledge of first aid since it is not in every situation that people die because of the gravity of accidents. Sometimes people die due to excessive blood loss because no first aid would have been administered,” she said.
“In some sad incidences, you see people at an accident scene taking pictures of casualties and the car wreckages with their smart phones for social media, while people lie helpless, losing blood with no first aid assistance given.” Minister Mupfumira said every Zimbabwean should be equipped with first aid skills.
“You never know when you will need this skill. My question to all Zimbabweans is: are we prepared for an emergency or do we know what to do if our children get chocked at home?”
Zimbabwe Red Cross Society vice national president Mr Reuben Mkandla said first aid was fundamental in saving lives and providing relief services during peace and conflict situations. “First Aid is a life saving skill, which you can rely on at any given time. We have read about students drowning in swimming pools at schools, some families losing their beloved children to emergencies at homes and road accidents,” he said.
This year’s commemorations were held under the theme “First Aid and Ageing Population.” First Aid services existed from the formative stages of the Red Cross Movement when Henry Dunant, the founder of the Red Cross movement provided it to the wounded at the Battle of Solferino in 1959, assisted by local women volunteers.