Posted on March 20, 2015
Qatar Red Crescent (QRC)’s branch in Al Khor recently participated in several social, cultural and health events and organised first-aid lectures for schoolchildren under the public training programme, “I Am a Paramedic”, with a total of 3,045 beneficiaries of all ages in the Al Shamal (northern) region of Qatar.
 
During the second phase of the health exhibition held by Al Khor Primary School for Girls, QRC had a special corner to communicate with students, introduce them to its mission and role in serving Qatari and other societies around the world, deliver a lecture on asthma, its symptoms and how to prevent it, distribute health education printouts and conduct blood sugar and pressure tests for free for the attendees, who included more than 100 students, teachers and parents.
 
Under “I Am a Paramedic”, the branch organised two-day training courses for 36 students of Abdullah bin Ali Al-Musnad Independent Secondary School for Boys, 64 students of Al Khor Model Independent School for Boys and 45 students in the eighth grade of Abdullah bin Ali Al-Musnad Independent Preparatory School. The trainees received theoretical and practical training in first-aid skills, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation, how to deal with cases of suffocation, bleeding, injury, fracture, burn, epilepsy, asthma and poisoning, and techniques of moving injured people.

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The branch also co-organised the two-day “Safe Journey” exhibition at Al Shamal Sports Club and Simaisma Youth Centre, in partnership with the Community Policing Department, Traffic Department Ras Laffan Community Outreach Programme (COP). A QRC corner was set up to communicate with the public, inform them of the basics of first-aid that must be offered to injured people and road safety guidelines. QRC ambulances and medical workers were deployed to medically cover the event’s location, distribute informative publications, gifts and first-aid kits, and perform medical checks for free for the attendance, whose number exceeded 1,000 people of both sexes.
 
Under the “Together for Benevolence” campaign, implemented by QRC volunteers with QR750,000 funding from Chevron Phillips Chemical Co Qatar for the benefit of 23,000 expatriate workers across the country, the branch distributed hygiene kits and water bottles to 300 municipality workers in the public cleaning, insecticide and sewerage departments. Moreover, the branch took part in the fifth Safe Spring festival, annually organised by the Community Policing Department in co-operation with COP, several Ministry of Interior departments and 50 civil society organisations and companies in the Al Shamal region.
 
Over the event’s four days, QRC volunteers and medical staff informed the public about QRC’s activities and programmes, recruited new volunteers and performed physiological tests for nearly 1,000 visitors. Lastly, QRC and the Al Khor Cultural Centre organised the three-day Al Khor Spring Festival at the Safa Al Touq corniche, with wide public attendance at the recreational, cultural and art shows. QRC’s corner provided medical and educational services to more than 500 men, women and children.
 
source: Gulf Times

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