Red Cross Society builds first aid training school

The first phase of a new office complex of the Ghana Red Cross Society was inaugurated in Accra yesterday.

It is to provide first aid training to filling station attendants, drivers, government officials and students among other groups.

The complex comprise conference and training rooms, resource centre, guest houses and offices.

Inaugurating the new edifice, Mr. Alex Segbefia, Minister of Health, in a speech read on his behalf, commended the society for providing essential services to the people.

He said “everyone needs knowledge on first aid”, adding that a lot of Ghanaians lost their lives because they lacked basic first aid knowledge.

Mr. Segbefia underscored the need for homes, businesses, hotels and institutions to have regular first aid training to prevent accidents and deaths.

He asked the management to engage in entrepreneurial ventures to ensure the sustainability of the society, assuring them of his outfit’s support.

For his part, Mr. Samuel Kofi Addo, General Secretary of the society, appealed to the government to provide them enough financial support.

He said although the Ghana Red Cross Society was established by an Act of Parliament in 1958, salaries of staff were not paid by government.

Mr. Addo called for the review of its establishing act to enable it to improve on its operation, adding that vehicles and other heavy equipment imported by the society for purposes of disaster management and relief services were not tax exempted.

He mentioned provision of health facilities and bore holes, toilet facilities, first aid on communicable diseases including cholera, education on food security and climate change as some projects completed by the society in Northern, Eastern, Central and Ashanti regions.


By Malik Sullemana

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