Wednesday, 7 October 2009

30,000 volunteers for emergency care during CWG

As many as 30,000 volunteers fluent in English, will be trained to help people and reach them to hospitals in time in case of accidents during the 2010 Commonwealth Games (CWG). The first batch of 200 such youngsters has already been rolled out for the ongoing CWG General Assembly here.

The volunteers are being trained by an NGO, Philanthrope, along with the organising committee of the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Philanthrope has developed diverse modules for safety training and will adapt and customize these to suit the requirements outlined to by the Organising Committee/.

“It helps common people handle situations calmly, competently and methodically in a crisis and thus avert a potential fatality or risk. As has been said ‘prevention is better than cure’, and we are gratified at being entrusted with this important mandate.”, added Philanthrope's representative.

The volunteers would be above 18 years of age, physically fit, fluent in English and with no criminal records.

The first batch of 200 volunteers was trained during a workshop last week and has been working during the General Assembly Oct 6-13. The remaining would be trained in groups from now till June 2010.

According to research carried out by NGO, knowledge on emergency help measures is very low even among the educated in India and people live with many myths and misconceptions, which often lead to accidents or injuries being handled wrongly. The measures deployed will lead to saving lives, decreasing deaths from injuries and accidents as mishandling of victims by relatives/bystanders often leads to worsening of injuries and sometimes such mistakes cost the lives of their loved ones.


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