The event held on the 10th of November,2016 at the conference room at the NYSC secretariat, Gwarzo road, Kano State.
With the usual opening of all CDS meetings, the NYSC anthem was sung, after which the minutes of the last meeting was read.
Deliberations were made which was interrupted by the enterance of the nysc official in charge of social activities with a representative of NYSC from the national level, Abuja. Corps members were asked to lay their complaints and suggestions to NYSC after which the meeting continued.
Some minutes into the meeting, the red-cross representatives walked in and the lecture began. The representative, Mr Dauda Muhammed presented on the history and importance of Red Cross, he also gave the importance, roles, limitation and application of first aid.
Sir Jean Henry Dunant at the battle of Solferino in 1859 saw the need to help injured people before the professionals arrived, this birthed the movement, after which he wrote a book called, “A Memory of Solferino” in 1862. In 1863, ICRC was established and in 1864, the first International Conference was held, called First Geneva Convention.
Red Cross priorities:
- Human freedom (freedom of religion),
- Restoring family links,
- Protection of civil population,
- Prisoners of war,
- Wounded and sick in armed forces in field.
He also talked about the neutrality of the symbol, the symbol is the inverted colors of the Swedish flag, in Henry Dunant’s honour. He added that Red Cross is present in about 200 countries.
Red Cross gives you informed knowledge of what to do, how to do it, when to do it, where to do do it. It is a combination of skills and practical common sense. To preserve life, and limit to condition from being worse, to promote recovery.
Other Priorities of Red Cross are;
- Don’t panic,
- Keep away from danger,
- Assess the situation,
- Waste no time in summoning help,
- Do nothing when in doubt,
- Comfort and reassure (hope heals)
- Stay with the casualty until help arrives.
Things to do in situations:
- Assess the risk,
- Do your best,
- Give care with confidence,
- Be in control,
- Gentle but firm,
- Build trust (tell the peson what you want to do before carrying it out)
- Be resourceful.
-Assess the consciousness
The presentation ended with a CPR demostration.
Thanks for reading.
This event was covered and written by Jessica Clarkson (Batch A 2016) and Nelly Ehijator (Batch A, 2016)