The Delta State Head of Service, Mr. Reginald Bayoko has underscored the importance of basic life support skills by the public to enable them swiftly apply first aid care provider response (CPR) and other first response actions that could possibly save lives and avert avoidable deaths in emergency situations.
Mr. Bayoko stated this on Monday while declaring open a two-day workshop on “Basic Life Support Skills” organized by the Directorate of Establishment and Pensions, Office of the Head of Service in collaboration with Rines Care-Givers held at the Press Centre, Old Government House, Asaba.
The Head of Service who stressed the significance and relevance of the training which he said was apt in the light of global health challenge occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic, noted that the skills were necessary to respond to emergency health situations by keeping patients stable before being transported to the nearest hospital.
He expressed optimism that the workshop would equip civil servants drawn from various MDA’s with the necessary basic knowledge required to show prompt attention and care and ultimately save lives especially in circumstances of an emergency.
The Delta number one civil servant who expressed displeasure at the initial low turn-out of participants who were officially nominated to attend the training, however, enjoined participants to actively participate.
“Acquiring this important skill will be one of the most memorable lifesaving event for civil servants in Delta State” Bayoko said.
Earlier, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Rines Care-Givers, Pharm Lauretta Ukah in her welcome remarks, emphasized the importance of the training, saying that it was designed to educate the average civil servants on basic life support skills.
Pharm Ukah charged participants to extend the gains of the training by training other workers and family members on basic life support skills.