Following warnings of severe weather conditions, especially heat waves, the Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS), in collaboration with the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), has started a series of orientation sessions on heat-related emergencies for Sindh government officials and civil society representatives. The training sessions are held from April 18, 2022, to April 29, 2022, at the Red Crescent Training Institute, Clifton Karachi.
Addressing the participants at the inaugural ceremony, Kanwar Waseem, Provincial Secretary, Pakistan Red Crescent Sindh Branch, said that we all face natural calamities yearly due to climate change. The Provincial Secretary also lauded the efforts of PDMA-Sindh in bringing together more than 85 participants, including officials from DDMA, the Deputy Commissioner Officer of all districts of Karachi, Health, and other departments of the Sindh government on the first day of the orientation session. “Awareness about heat-related emergencies is very important for us in the days to come so that, when participants learn first aid knowledge, skills and techniques, they can save their own lives and the lives of others,” he added.
Mr. Imdad Hussain Siddiqui, Deputy Director (Ops), also addressed the participants and emphasised the importance of hands-on learning with PRCS trainers. He thanked the Pakistan Red Crescent and praised the professional and expert team of trainers. He further said that youth should also be targeted for this type of training. He said they are also planning a similar orientation session for the officials in the interior of Sindh.
Dr. Rizwana Wasif, Training Coordinator, Pakistan Red Crescent-Sindh, who is responsible for managing and conducting all orientation sessions with her team, stated that all participants actively participated in the session, which covered all heat-related emergencies like heat exhaustion, Heatstroke, dehydration, fainting, fits unconsciousness, emergency resuscitation and how to transport a person in an ambulance or a heatstroke vehicle. She added that Pakistan Red Crescent-Sindh, in collaboration with PDMA, will hold more sessions in the coming days for traffic police, medical and paramedical staff, and representatives of various welfare and civil society organizations, such as KMC, Edhi, Chippa, Saylani, AlKhidmat, Sindh Boy Scouts Association, Pakistan Girl Guides Association Sindh Chapter, and others, which will have a significant impact and benefit on the general public during heatwave days.