Trotro drivers and administrators of Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU), Adenta Station, has received training on First Aid administration during accidents, on September 13th, 2019.
The training programme which was facilitated by Team RENAS in partnership with the Ghana Red Cross Society (GRCS), engaged the drivers in a one-on-one practical lessons to deepen their understanding in applying first aid in case of an accident on the road.
The trotro drivers were trained on how to handle delicate situations among others such as first aid during accidents, good health and dietary tips, tyre and car safety, motor insurance and general road safety tips for drivers and pedestrians.
Representative, Red Cross Society of Ghana, Rev. John Teye, who took the participants through first aid training during accident situations, explained the ‘dos and don’ts’ in administering first aid, how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and how to stop bleeding among others, pointing out to some of the common mistakes that the public usually make during such situations
“First aid is the first emergency care given to a patient or victim before regular medical aid can be obtained. If it is done properly can save lives or prevent worsening conditions but if not, can rather lead to loss of life or aggravate the level of damage especially in a situation of blunt injuries or internal bleeding.
Face of Road Safety Africa (FORSA), is an intellectual pageantry which seeks to use the creative ideas of young and talented ladies to help educate the public about Road Safety precautions and prevention to showcase that, safety begins with the individual.
Team RENAS which is made up of; Rejoice Dogber, Benedicta Naa Kwaamah, and Susan Eshun, undertook the training campaign as part of a compulsory project for the contestants of FORSA 2019.
Miss Rejoice, contestant number nine, took the drivers through general road safety tips such as; wearing of seat belt, sticking to the speed limit, Putting the mobile phone away when driving and avoiding drink driving among others.
She indicated that Speeding is the biggest killer of young drivers in Ghana hence the need to pay attention to speeding and reckless driving especially during bad weather conditions and on bad roads.
“It is important to always pay particular attention to road signs and keeping to the speed limit because it will not only reduce the risk of an accident, but also save drivers a lot of money from visiting the mechanical shop regularly to fix their car,” she said.
FORSA is an organisation endorsed by the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC), it started in Ghana last year and this happens to be the second edition.
Statistics from the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service indicates that road accidents in the country continue to increase with many more people dying from road crashes. It has identified driver fatigue as a major contributor to road traffic crashes nationally which necessitates continues dialogue with drivers on safety measures.
The drivers also expressed their profound gratitude to Team RENAS for the enlightenment, promising to apply the rich knowledge received to their daily lives.