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Medical responder programme to be launched in Doda on July 13

To save precious lives during any calamity or eventuality, Indian Red Cross Society headquarters, New Delhi, is going to launch the worldwide programme of International Red Cross Society from July 13 in Bhaderwah tehsil, Doda district, of the state.

india Updated: Jul 07, 2013 20:15 IST
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To save precious lives during any calamity or eventuality, Indian Red Cross Society headquarters, New Delhi, is going to launch the worldwide programme of International Red Cross Society from July 13 in Bhaderwah tehsil, Doda district, of the state.

Under the programme called as 1st Medical Responder Programme, volunteers of the erstwhile Doda district will be trained for providing first aid, rescue and search, disaster management, family news service, water and sanitation, health and hygiene, besides camp management and other activities, which will help them in saving precious lives during any eventuality, said Roma Wani, honorary general secretary, State Red Cross Society, during a media interaction at Doda on Sunday.

She said First Medical Responder (FMR) programme is an initiative of Indian Red Cross to save lives during calamities and disasters by training local volunteers, including girls. From July 13, the national headquarters will convene a training course for volunteers from across the erstwhile Doda district, including Kishtwar, Ramban districts.

She added that Bhaderwah has been selected for the launch of FMR programme as it was the epicentre of the recent earthquake that shook the entire Chenab valley and damaged various government as well as private residential houses, besides the aftershocks are still being felt in the region.

She said the programme will spread the skills among volunteers called first medical responders and then in their own communities and beyond, which helps in saving precious lives in any sort of eventuality or natural calamity such as earthquakes, floods, mishaps, etc. She also said the training will be provided to the volunteers by the master trainers of Indian Red Cross Society national headquarters and master trainers of the state Red Cross.

She further said First Medical Responder comprises groups of volunteers, who within the community in which they live or work, will be trained to deal with emergency, provide potentially life-saving treatment and first aid until an emergency ambulance or specialized medical teams arrives.

Roma Wani said a sharp increase in the number of natural disasters countrywide like earthquake in Bhaderwah and Kashmir, cloudburst in Ladakh, heavy rains and floods in Uttarakhand, have prompted the Red Cross to pay more attention to disaster preparedness activities. The aim is to make Red Cross Societies and communities more aware of the risks they face, how to reduce their vulnerability, and how to cope when disaster strikes for which first medical responder programme has been launched.

Wani added that many people die as a result of no access to even the most basic health services and elementary health education. Health and community care has become a cornerstone of humanitarian assistance, and accounts for a large part of Red Cross activities. Through the FMR programmes, the Red Cross aims to enable volunteers/communities to reduce their vulnerability to disease and prepare for and respond to public health crises in an effective way to save precious lives. She also said the entire programme will be organised under the overall supervision of the DDC concerned.

She also revealed that the chairman, Indian Red Cross Society, and union minister for health and family welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad will inaugurate the programme in Bhaderwah along with secretary general of Indian Red Cross Society.