By OUR STAFF REPORTER
Mussoorie, 28 Nov: A three day Disaster Training Workshop was organised by the Divine Light Trust and Save Life Foundation. On the occasion, hotel workers and locals participated in learning the tricks of survival during disasters and road accidents. The workshop was held in light of the growing graph of disasters and road accidents in the state.
The activities taught at the Disaster Training Workshop included primary assistance till the patient is brought to the hospital from the accident site. Local people were given legal information, too. They were told how to contact the security services without extraneous concerns at the accident site. They were told to shift to safe places when the disaster occurred. Arrangements also had to be made for keeping animals in safe places. During the disaster season, the necessary life-saving drugs and other daily consumption items needed to be kept in store.
SLF Co-Coordinator Joya Nagpal said that this training could be undertaken without medical knowledge. The life of the injured could be saved by getting first aid to the spot and taking them to the hospital properly. She said that SLF had worked on the Mumbai-Nagpur Highway, which is an accident prone zone, and after awareness generation among people and officials, deaths in road accidents had reduced by 50%. She said each and every person should be aware of their duties and should help in case of accidents and natural calamities.
Dr Sunil Sanon, Director of Divine Light Trust, pointed out that in Uttarakhand’s hill areas there were many calamities during the rainy season. People died due to lack of treatment at the right time, to prevent which knowledge of dealing with disaster was necessary.