Police officers get training in saving lives

03 Jun 2017 11:10am
WINDHOEK, 02 JUN (NAMPA) – Police officers taking part in a life saving course that is aimed at reducing the number of deaths on Namibian roads, have said the training is expanding their abilities.
Speaking to Nampa on Thursday, Windhoek City Police Officer Sylvester Ndemuweda said even though he does have training in First Aid, it is not practical enough to have him save a life in a road crash.
“I was not really able to assist someone involved in an accident before, because I did not have the right skills and know-how, however this training is teaching us a lot which will enable us to save lives,” said the officer who has been with the force for the past 11 years.
Two-hundred officers of the Windhoek City Police and Namibian Police Force are taking part with staff from emergency services and the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund.
The life-saving training is part of Cardiff University in Britain’s Phoenix Project through a partnership with UNAM that was recently extended to 2022. Doctors from the Welsh National Health Service facilitate the training. Kevin Leonard of Cardiff University told Nampa he is impressed with how enthusiastic and keen the officers are to learn.
“We are hoping they gain more skills and confidence from this course so that they would be able to execute what they have learnt here as fast as they are able to,” said Leonard.
The course involves the use of trauma packs, which contain equipment such as neck collars, bandages and a stretcher that can save lives.
After the one-and-a-half-week long course, the officers will from September go on a trial for six months in Windhoek to see if the training and trauma packs are achieving the goal of transforming communities’ initiatives in boosting health, wealth and development.
Designer of the 200 trauma packs made available for the trial, Dr Clara Watkin told Nampa that while the equipment in the packs comes from Britain, they plan on manufacturing them in Namibia.
“Most of the stuff in the pack is made from recycled material and will definitely be affordable to make here”.
Eighty-five of the 200 officers have completed the training that is expected to be rolled out across Namibia when stakeholders are satisfied with the outcome.
The training ends on 09 June.