The start of every year at the Poly sees the institution’s Department of Student Affairs organise and host a First Aid Workshop for those students that have been elected to positions of leadership on the SRC and HC. The aim of the initiative is to prepare and equip the institution’s student leaders with the knowledge and skills to render assistance in the event of medical emergencies on the Poly campus.
This year the First Aid Workshop was facilitated by Heidi Rupp of the Namibian First Aid School and covered a wide range of First Aid topics and procedures, including basic principles of First Aid, respiratory emergencies, cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and patient assessment.
According to Poly Nurse, Maria Petersen, the First Aid training is necessitated by the fact that the institution employs a large number of staff and also enrols more than 13 000 students. “This initiative equips our student leaders and some staff members with the knowledge and expertise to render assistance in the unfortunate and unlikely event of a medical emergency on our campus and thereby possibly minimise the likelihood of severe injury,” she said.
The initiative included a practical and theoretical examination, which all participants completed successfully. “All the participants showed a lot of interest during the workshop, they participated enthusiastically and were awarded a First Aid certificate and manual,” Petersen said.