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World First Aid Day (9th of September)

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About World First Aid Day

It is on the second Saturday of the month of September every year that the World First Aid Day is observed all across the globe.

It came into existence in the year 2000 initiated jointly by the International Federation of Red Cross as well as Red Crescent Societies and ever since then, it has been observed as a global event every year.

‘’First aid’’ literally refers to the immediate medical help you give someone when they get a sudden illness or injury, and it helps in giving urgent temporary relief to the person, also preventing the condition (like wounds and cuts) from worsening further.

Although it is a medical concept, first aid is not always performed by medical personnel and during many conditions, even the ordinary men and women can perform first-aid on someone suffering or hurt, if they do have the right knowledge about what to do in case such an emergency arises.

While there’s no extensive training required for performing first aid, a person does need to have some basic facts right before performing first aid on someone in need, since in case they don’t know what they are doing, it can result in the condition getting worsened than getting any better.

This is precisely why the International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) recommends people to undergo a basic training of knowing and performing first aid or at least be aware and educated by reading from authentic sources on how and what is the right way of doing first aid on someone, depending on various emergency situations.

This is exactly what World First Aid Day aims at, with the objective of making people aware of how they can help someone and in some cases, save someone’s life by performing urgent first aid if at all a crisis situation comes to fore.

It also promotes the accessibility of first aid, and for the same, various events like programmes and activities are conducted, which focus solely on first aid—its purpose, the way of doing it and why. A new theme is chosen every year for this day to promote hands on first aid training and the theme for this year (2017) is ‘’First aid and road safety.’’


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