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Red Cross partners ZITF

Zimbabwe Red Cross Society action team provides first-aid services to a casualty at the Independence Day Celebrations held at the National Sports Stadium recently

The humanitarian player deployed first aid action teams who were manning ZITF grounds and the main arena, responding to casualties.

Those in need of assistance got closer attention at the Red Cross clinic which was situated near the main arena where nurses were on standby.

ZRCS national president Edson Mlambo said they were duty-bound as an auxiliary to government and would continue to provide such services whenever possible.

“As an auxiliary to government and a humanitarian player whose sole mandate is to serve humanity, providing heath and first-aid services at the ZITF and other national events is in sync with our mandate and mission,” Mlambo said.

“The Red Cross is a service organisation and we felt compelled to provide the much-needed service to members of the public, as is always the norm.”

ZRCS provides free first aid coverage at key national events, including Independence and Heroes Day celebrations, Harare Agricultural Show, provincial agricultural shows, as well as political rallies and elections.

The first-aid coverages are often complemented with event tracing services aimed at ensuring the safety of minors and Mlambo highlighted that the organisation was planning to reintroduce event tracing services at next year’s edition of ZITF.

“Our health and first-aid services are usually complemented by event tracing services where our volunteers tag minors with bracelets bearing their guardian’s name and contacts as they enter the gates to the ZITF arena,” he said.

“This helps for easy reunification once the minor is lost and we have recorded great success with previous editions and we hope to reintroduce the service next year for ZITF. We are, however, planning to have event tracing at the August Harare Agricultural Show.”

The organisation is funded by the International Committee of Red Cross and Finnish Red Cross for such coverages and Mlambo said they were hoping for local support from corporates that value the welfare of citizens and minors at public events.

ZRCS has over the years continued to champion community-based disaster risk reduction programmes and initiatives that provide community-based solutions to everyday challenges.

To that end, the organisation provides top-of-the-range first aid and nurse aide training services at its various centres around Zimbabwe. These trainings target communities, industry and the mining sector.