The St Johns Ambulance PNG observed the World First Aid Day yesterday by setting up a stall at the Brian Bell Plaza at Gordons in Port Moresby.
“It is World First Aid Day today and we will have a CPR demo, under the usual COVID19 protocol and we will be selling our first aid kits,” said St Johns Representative, Ms Margaret Igo.
“Funds generated from the sales yesterday will go towards the day to day running of our ambulance services,” said Ms Igo.
St Johns has several stations throughout the country, including Kokopo, Simbu, Lae and Port Moresby and the ambulances are usually stationed at key areas, like the fire and police stations, airports and sporting venues.
Apart from providing primary emergency ambulance and emergency medical response services on behalf of the government, St Johns also carries out Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training in the country.
“The First Aid in Schools Program is a joint initiative between the Sir Brian Bell Foundation and St John’s Ambulance and we teach and train Grade 9s in high schools and technical vocational schools and we have also ventured into private and international schools as well,” said Ms Zoe Saulep, Program Manager for First Aid in Schools.
“We have run our First Aid for schools in NCD, we did Central Province last year, East New Britain in 2019 and Morobe and Simbu this year,” Ms Saulep said.
“You will notice that where we go to conduct our First Aid in Schools program, really depends on where our Ambulance services are set up.”
“We want people in our community to be more first aid aware and we need more first aid in our community,” Ms Saulep added.
“With the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, we have seen an increase in cardiac arrest cases… knowing how to do bystander CPR saves lives and increases the chances of survival by 10% and that is what we are advocating for, to encourage more people to learn first aid,” states Ms Saulep.
Brian Bell is a key sponsor of the St Johns Ambulance and they have been supporting the charity organization for a long time.
“Sir Brian Bell Foundation, supports a lot of health and education programs here in the country and we are grateful and blessed to be part of the Foundation family,” said Ms Saulep.
Around the world, The World First Aid Day is celebrated every second Saturday of the month of September and is observed by spreading awareness on first aid and how to prevent injuries and save lives in critical situations, with the theme this year being ‘First Aid & Road Safety’.
The St Johns Ambulance team has so far run their First Aid Training in several schools throughout the country.