NRCS will deploy about 200 first aiders on polling day

November 25, 2015, 3:42pm

The Namibia Red Cross Society

The Namibia Red Cross Society (NRCS) will deploy 200 volunteers to offer First Aid Services at the various Polling Stations in the country’s eight regions on the 27th of November 2015.

The First Aiders will offer humanitarian services to members of the public such as supplying of drinking water to prevent dehydration, headache tablets and attending to those who might need medical attention while queuing at the polling stations. Priority for the First Aid Services will be given to the elderly and disabled voters.

The regions that will be covered by the National Society are Khomas, Omusati, Ohangwena, Oshana, Zambezi, Oshikoto, Kavango East and West and Kunene. NRCS will also be having mobile teams in some of the regions which will be moving between the various polling station.

Regions such as Omusati, Khomas, Ohangwena, Kunene and Zambezi will have three First Aid posts each, Kavango West and Oshikoto will have two, while Kavango East will have one only. The criteria used in the selection of post sites is the expected high turn-out of voters on polling day and the availability of Red Cross volunteers in those areas.

The NRCS team will be wearing bibs with the Red Cross logo for identification, while the First Aid posts will be clearly marked.

The Namibia Red Cross Society’s operations during the elections are guided by the Red Cross Fundamental Principles of Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality, Independence, Voluntary Service, Unity and Universality as well as the country’s electoral laws. The First Aid posts will be open from 07h00 to 19h00.

Key Messages for the NRCS election response:

1. The Namibia Red Cross Society is a neutral, impartial and independent humanitarian organisation operating within the entire territory, whose sole mandate is to alleviate human suffering.
2. Its operations are governed by the Red Cross Fundamental Principles which are: Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality, Independence, Voluntary Service, Unity and Universality.
3. The Namibia Red Cross Society's mandate, as enshrined in the Red Cross Act of Parliament as a humanitarian organization mandated to save lives and promote human dignity
4. The Namibia Red Cross acts as auxiliary to public authorities in the provision of humanitarian services.
5. The Namibia Red Cross will provide First Aid services and tracing missing persons through its network of volunteers positioned at polling stations and identifiable by the Red Cross Emblem (T-Shirts, bibs, flags and stickers on vehicles).
6. NRCS will rely on the support of all stakeholders and especially members of the public to be able to facilitate its First Aid operations during the election process.
7. The First Aid operations will be carried out mainly by NRCS staff and volunteers.