Louisa Eshun (2nd from right), Head of Administration, St John Ambulence-Ghana, presenting the flash drives to Ernest Adakabre Frimpong Manso (middle), MD of VIP. With them are Bridget Apprey (left), Head of Voluntary Service, and Emmanuel Arko Larbi (right), Lead Trainer, St John Ambulance-Ghana
Louisa Eshun (2nd from right), Head of Administration, St John Ambulence-Ghana, presenting the flash drives to Ernest Adakabre Frimpong Manso (middle), MD of VIP. With them are Bridget Apprey (left), Head of Voluntary Service, and Emmanuel Arko Larbi (right), Lead Trainer, St John Ambulance-Ghana

St John Ambulance trains VIP Jeoun Transport Services drivers

St John Ambulance-Ghana has schooled drivers of VIP Jeoun Transport Services on basic first aid techniques as part of its 87th-anniversary celebration.

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The Chief Executive of St John Ambulance, Dr Anthony Kwame Apedzi, stated that in a bid to contribute to road safety and promote community welfare, the organisation, a leading first aid organisation in Ghana, conducted the training programme for the drivers to help reduce accidents and fatalities on the roads. 

Accidents

He said the training had become necessary due to the alarming rate of accidents and inappropriate handling of casualties at accident scenes.

“Our concern is that most of these deaths could have been avoided if proper first aid skills were administered by first respondents,” he stated, adding that the organisation was committed to contributing to ensure that the country’s roads are safer. 

The Managing Director of VIP, Ernest Adakabre Frimpong Manso, thanked St John Ambulance-Ghana for the support and pledged to support similar community-focused programmes in the future.

Pen drives

St John Ambulance also distributed its own locally generated customised first aid education pen drives to the drivers, as part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative. 

The pen drives, containing comprehensive first aid guides and videos, were presented to the management of VIP Jeoun Transport Services to serve as a quick reference guide in medical emergencies. These videos are intended to be played on their buses to inform their passengers on what to do in case of medical emergencies.

Some of the videos recorded show titbits on how to manage bleeding (haemorrhage), cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and carry a casualty with fractured bones, among others. These skills are needed for first respondents in order not to worsen the plight of casualties.

St John Ambulance-Ghana is focused on promoting a culture of safety and responsibility. First aid is the initial assistance or treatment given to a person who is injured or taken ill.

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