Press Release: First Aid Training on National Disaster Awareness Day

RAWALPINDI: The Department of Sociology and Women Research & Resource Centre, Fatima Jinnah Women University in collaboration with Pakistan Girls Guide Association & Rescue 1122 has organized First Aid Training in remembrance of the 2005 Earthquake as National Disaster Awareness Day on October 08, 2021. The objective of today's workshop was to build preparedness against disasters. And also to spread awareness on first aid and how it can prevent injuries and save lives in a critical situation.

Today's workshop has been carried out under the MOU Signed between WRRC & PGGA and also marked for FJWU project titled "An intervention study to promote health and improve healthcare knowledge and practices among young women at Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi".

Dr. Adeela Rehman welcomed guests and trainers from the Pakistan Girls Guide Association and Rescue 1122; Ms Uzma Shahid (Director Training office, Pakistan Girl Guides Association - NHQ), Ms.Zahra Sahar (Trainer: Pakistan Girl Guides Association - NHQ), Ms Faryal Yousafzai (Trainer, Pakistan Girl Guides Association - NHQ), Mr. Mubeen, Trainers from Rescue 1122. Dr. Saima Hamid, Vice-Chancellor, FJWU, Dr. Shaheena Ayub Bhatti, Director WRRC, and Dr. Sarwet Rasul, Faculty Advisor, Social Sciences also joined the event.

In her Welcome address, Dr. Adeela Rehman highlighted the October 8th, 2005 earthquake as the World's 4th biggest and Pakistan's worst disaster in history. Pakistan is vulnerable to wide-ranging hazards which can generate potential disasters by causing loss of lives and property. Such incidents also provide the opportunity for capacity building; so by using a proactive approach we decided to train our young students about first aid and to make them socially responsible, healthy, and safer, and more resilient communities. In order to minimize the number of losses, preventive measures must be taken and learn such as First Aid which is the very basic life skill to reduce the chances of deaths and disabilities.

Vice-Chancellor Fatima Jinnah Women University Dr. Saima Hamid appreciated all the team members of FJWU, PGGA, and Rescue 1122 for conducting the training on campus which is the need of the time. In the end, Ms. Rukhshanda Pervaiz on the behalf of WRRC expresses her gratitude to Representatives from PGGA & 1122 for holding a very productive workshop for FJWU Students.