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Take up first aid training

27 March 2013, 12:31 Kelvin Wanjohi

Kenyans have been urged to take up First Aid training to acquire skills that will enable them handle disasters such as fire among others.

The Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) Nyahururu coordinator Arthur Kariuki said it was necessary to encourage Kenyans to get first Aid skills and also join the KRCS as members.

He said lack of proper information and skills has remained a stumbling block while dealing with disasters and hence concerted support to bridge the many gaps in the country's disaster preparedness were necessary.

He said joining the society was free of charge.

Kariuki observed that the biggest challenge in handling such situations is the control and flow of information during times of disasters adding that whereas the emergency response by the stakeholders during times of disaster is fast, it has been observed that need for better equipment and preparation for future disasters was essential.

The KRCS at the same time advised businessmen to ensure they equip their work places with fire fighting equipment to curb loss of life and property.

He made the remarks after the society donated clothing and assorted items to Maili Nne fire victims who lost property worth millions of shillings after a building caught fire recently.

Two people, a woman and her daughter also perished in the inferno that reduced several timber houses into ashes.

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