International Committee of the Red Cross, ICRC, has completed a 10-day trainer’s training exercise for resource persons selected from 12 conflict prone states aimed at finding the best ways of assisting casualties during emergencies.
The training was done in two phases with the first phase which took place in Port Harcourt comprising of Kaduna, Niger, Bayelsa, Rivers and Delta States, while the second phase which ended in Jos at the weekend had representatives from Plateau, Bauchi, Yobe, Adamawa, Borno, Gombe and Kano States.
Head of First Aid and Prehospital Emergency Care Programmes, ICRC, Geneva, Eric Bernes, said the training included a stimulation exercise in which participants were brought closer to the realities they will face during emergencies, adding that “we recreate the conditions as close as possible on what they will face during the emergencies and see how the participants will handle them.”
Also speaking, Benson Agbro of Programme Responsible First Aid Activities, ICRC, said the programme has been running since 2009 with focus on violence prone states, especially in the North East and the Niger Delta.
Agbro said each of the 12 states had sent three of their best training officers and the trainers were expected to go back to their respective states and train members of their communities.
One of the participants, Nurudeen Magaji, said in the past six years, they had through the Nigeria Red Cross Society trained about 1,200 community First Aiders, adding that “when incidences happen, it is the community that responds first and instead of taking pictures of the casualties we train them on how to help the victims through first aid before the Red Cross arrives.”


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