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First Aid

First Aid is about providing immediate treatment to someone who has had a sudden illness or injury while awaiting the arrival of medical aid. Proper early measures are often times instrumental in the prevention of further injury, saving life and ensuring a better and more rapid recovery.

Rendering immediate and appropriate medical aid, a preventative approach to health, and universal access to healthcare are some of the fundamental aspects of the Sai Global Healthcare Mission. Providing First Aid facilities to all, including to our fellow devotees, thus becomes an important and integral activity of this Global Mission. In UK, since ours is a volunteer-only organisation, the ‘duty of care’ is a common law duty which applies to all individuals and organisations. Apart from a spiritual duty, we have a legal and moral duty to provide a safe environment for the devotees attending the centres and groups as well as our regional and national events. Even with all the right measures in place, there is always a potential risk of illness or injury occurring on premises used for activities of the SSSSO UK, however rare this may be.

As part of good practice as well as a service of need, the objective of the Service Wing of our Organisation is that every centre and group should have at least one first aider in attendance during the regular group/centre activities. It is in this context, that a First Aid Training Days are being organised all over the UK for volunteers in our Organisation.

After an absence of nearly five years, the Derby Civil Aid, a national charity who had previously been providing First Aid training for us, held a First Aid workshop on Saturday 17th August 2013 at Oxhey Wood Primary school in Region 2. The main objectives of the workshop were to provide a basic introduction to First Aid appropriate for the need of the general public and focussed on First Aid and the Law, the ABC of First Aid, Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation, recovery position and how to deal with heart attack, haemorrhage, burns with hands-on exercises. After a practical assessment, a nationally recognised certificate which lasts three years was awarded.

Keith, the Lead trainer with his inimitable fun-loving teaching approach helped the participants gain the skills and knowledge needed to effectively respond to First-Aid emergencies with more confidence.

Fourteen devotees from Region 2 attended the workshop and four served as first aiders at our recently concluded Retreat in Llandudno this year! The second workshop is currently planned for Saturday 5th October for devotees in region 1 & 6 and more training will be held in other regions. If you are interested in attending the First id training, please contact your regional service coordinator.

Gayatri Bikoo
Secretary UKCC
Member, Sai Healthcare National Coordinating Committee