‘Country’s citizens lack first aid knowledge’ | Daily News


‘Country’s citizens lack first aid knowledge’

It is unfortunate that many Sri Lankan citizens have little to no knowledge of first aid treatment, Sri Lanka Red Cross Society Kurunegala Branch President Bandaranayake Abeyrathna said.

He was speaking at a workshop on first aid for journalists held at the Red Cross Society Kurunegala branch premises, last Sunday. The event was organised by the Ethugalpura Journalists’ Forum.

Abeyrathna added that if people were to learn first aid treatment, a considerable number of deaths could be prevented. It would also help reduce the cost of medicine and other treatment, he added.

Abeyrathna said that the Red Cross Society had conducted several workshops and seminars on the matter at state and private institutions throughout the country.He added that dummies, first aid materials, and other training equipment were available at the Red Cross Society Headquarters and its branches.

“We have well-trained and experienced first aid instructors at all our branches and we can provide the necessary training in all three languages,” Abeyrathna said.

“Our volunteers have saved many lives with first aid treatment. But it is unfortunate that still, most citizens have not realised the importance of learning it,” he added.

Abeyrathna said that children should be given practical knowledge on first aid treatment from a young age. 

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