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The Lagos State Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation (WAPA) has organised a one-day capacity-building workshop for Women-Focused Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), with the aim of empowering attendees with the required knowledge for First Aid and Cardiovascular Resuscitation during emergencies in a bid to curb the increased mortality during emergencies.

Speaking at the programme held at the Women Development Centre (WDC), Agege, the Commissioner for WAPA, Mrs. Cecilia Bolaji Dada explained that women and girls are often the most affected in emergency cases, therefore there is a need to leverage their potential and empower them to assume leadership roles during crises.

Dada, who was represented by the Director, Non-Governmental Organisations Unit (WAPA), Mrs. Itunu Babarinde, harped on the importance of the workshop aimed at empowering participants with the skill and knowledge to perform basic first aid in emergency situations such as during Fire Outbreaks, Traumatic Injuries, Environmental Injury and Illnesses, Animal Bites, Insect Stings, Adult CPR/Choking, Child and Infant CPR/Choking, amongst others.

“It is important that households and workplaces have a first aid kit that meets their needs. It is also smart to include a list of your healthcare providers, like the Lagos State Emergency response numbers #767 or #112, and prescribed medications in your first aid kits”, the Commissioner added.

Dada explained that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu firmly believes in collaborative governance to bridge the gap between the Government and its people, as such, he has pledged his unwavering commitment to promoting women’s empowerment through various platforms established by WAPA.

She implored the participants to encourage women who may be unemployed or underemployed to enrol into any of the tuition-free 20 skills Acquisition centres across the State, in order to be equipped with vocational skills that would empower them financially.

In her presentation, Health Specialist, Mrs. Esther Aduragbemi spoke extensively on the fundamentals of First aid, various types of emergency scenarios and the standard first aid procedure as a guide for effectively curbing the mortality rate in Lagos State.

“First aid refers to the emergency or immediate care you should provide when a person is injured or ill until full medical treatment is available. For minor conditions, first aid care may be enough. Whereas, for serious conditions, first aid care should be continued until more advanced care becomes available”, she informed.

Speaking further, Aduragbemi remarked that there is a need for everyone to understand how to act decisively and appropriately with the use of first aid techniques which can sometimes determine the difference between life and death. 

A Health Facilitator, Mr. Demola Adeyemo, applauded the Ministry for organising the event and enjoined participants to adequately utilise the acquired skills as change agents who spread awareness on the importance of First Aid administration.

He also implored the participants to go for regular medical checkups, adopt a healthy lifestyle by eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly in order to have good health at all times.

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