Jun 26, 2011 News
The St. John Association of Guyana yesterday certified 125 persons as being skilled in First Aid and Nursing Care.
Though, the organisation does not guarantee employment, the skills acquired are sufficient for the graduates to gain employment and to continue studies.
According to Dr. Leslie Ramsammy, who delivered the feature address, oftentimes the mistake is made that Government or the rich determine the faith of the country but the destiny of a country is determined by its citizens.
The St. John is making a difference in people’s lives with the provision of skills.
He added that one of the imperatives of development is that a country must train its people. A country that does not focus on the building human resources is a country that would face challenges.
It takes more than 80 health care workers to provide the necessary health services in a country. The health sector is incomplete without physiotherapy and speech therapy.
Dr. Ramsammy said that what constitutes the health care system is different and as a government it is necessary to meet those needs.
Every community in Guyana should have persons trained to respond to emergencies before higher help arrives.
This was exemplified in a skit put on by the graduating class. The skit demonstrates a scenario in which a man was stabbed during an altercation with his spouse at Demico House, Stabroek.
Persons knowledgeable in first aid training on the scene were able to apply pressure and strap the wound until help arrived.
The Order of St. John is a major international charity, accredited to the United Nations, whose organisations- together widely known as St. John- provide First Aid Healthcare and support services in over 40 countries around the world. St. John was established in Guyana in 1933.
Over the past year, the St. John Association of Guyana trained 271 persons in First Aid and Home Nursing. With the assistance of London Office and Johanniter Germany- 2,259 men, women, parents and students were trained in Disaster Preparedness.
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