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Published On: Mon, Jan 8th, 2024

OIC Secretariat, Red Cross First Aid Training for 15th Islamic Summit ends

The members of the staff of the Gambia OIC Secretariat and the Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara International Conference Center (SDKJ-ICC), yesterday, Sunday, 7th January concluded a three-day First Aid training program on safety and health, conducted by the Gambia Red Cross Society.

The training program was held at the Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara Conference Center in Bijilo in preparation for the 15th OIC Islamic Summit scheduled for May this year which is to be held in Banjul, the Gambia. The capacity building program was a key step in ensuring the members staff of OIC-Gambia and the SDKJ-ICC were better prepared to receive the delegates of 57 heads of states and government officials to the significant Summit, which is expected to host about 3000 delegates

Speaking earlier on Friday at the opening of the session, Yankuba Dibba, Chief Executive Officer at the OIC Secretariat said that the OIC established since 2018, is a registered and a national project, amongst its structures, the local Organizing Committee (LOC) which is the apex body responsible for supporting the implementation of all necessary activities that would lead into a successful summit.

He said that in May, the Gambia will received 57 heads of states for the 15th Islamic Summit, adding that they have done so much in their reparation for the summit which includes infrastructural projects, such as roads, water and electricity.

He noted that the purpose of the first aid training as the first capacity building program, he the most significant thing is the event planning. “Most of the countries that are coming here for the summit, probably they have better roads, better hotel and infrastructure than us, but I can assure that they will only be coming here mainly if they two of their concerns are satisfied, which is safety and health,”

“If they perceive Gambia to be stable and safe, they will come, secondly, if they perceive Gambia is a place where their health concerns can be addressed, they will come and you cannot address health concern without having capacity to be able to handle health and safety,” Dibba said.

He highlighted the significance of the training saying that health and safety is a requirement to everybody who lives in a family or in a community.

For his part, Alassan Senghore, secretary general at the Gambia Red Cross Society said that the Gambia is one of the highest numbers of road traffic accidents and that most of the deaths and the disabilities that occur, he said it is not due to the impact if the accident but the way victims are been handled and transferred and have access to care.

“And this is exactly what First Aid addresses. First Aid is about skills, but it is not about equipment, equipment comes next, but if you have the skills, you can stop bleeding without using anything, just your hands,” Senghore explained.

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