The Nigeria Red Cross Society in Paiko Local Government Area of Niger is collaborating with the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to sensitise people of the area on ‘Community First Aid’.
Alhaji Hamisu Jankaro, the State Chairman of the society, announced the collaboration while inaugurating the programme on Wednesday in Paiko.
Jankaro said both organisations would embark on sensitisation programme to educate people of the community on the importance of first aid.
“This Community First Aid is timely, considering our peoples’ lifestyle,’’ he said.
He urged volunteers to always discharge their duties in line with the tenets of the society.
Similarly, Alhaji Mohammed Ibrahim, the National Youth Adviser of the society, appealed to Red Cross volunteers in the area to be good ambassadors of the organisation.
Ibrahim said the Red Cross was a voluntary organisation aimed at providing humanitarian support when the need arises.
Also, Malam Ibrahim Abdullahi, a youth leader in the area, commended the gesture, saying that first aid is important in the lives of the people of the area who are mainly farmers.
“We now know the importance of having a first aid box in each household,’’ he said.
Mr Umukoro Joseph, President of the NYSC Community Development Service, said the measure was part of efforts by the NYSC Red Cross to assist members of its host community to stay healthy.
Joseph reiterated the need for people to take their health seriously, adding this is what informed the programme initiative.
It was reported that the sensitisation involved a road show on all the major streets in Paiko and distribution of flyers with educative inscriptions.