As crowds rally behind their favorite candidates during presidential campaigns, the risks of minor and sometimes severe injuries is not uncommon.
Oftentimes, the accidents result when enthusiastic fans in the heat of the campaigns unwittingly harm vulnerable ones or in other cases result from long waiting hours and over standing.
Over more than a week of presidential campaigning across Rwanda, the Rwanda Red Cross Society has been stationed at all locations to ensure health needs of participants are met offering immediate first aid to the injured and making quick transfers to hospitals.
The Rwandan Presidential campaigns which begun on 14th July are scheduled to continue until August 3rd just a day before presidential elections.
According to data collected from interventions, over 600 cases ranging from minor to sometimes severe injuries have been attended to during campaigns at each district every day.
Cases of headaches, gastritis, simple physical injuries, malaria, body pain, and dizziness dominated those attended to over the last week.
In the days prior to the campaign period, the Rwanda Red Cross conducted refresher trainings in first aid across the country to ensure that the National Society was effectively prepared to ensure lives are served saved during campaign periods.
Rwanda Red Cross operates through a structure of district committees one in each of Rwanda’s 30 districts. Each district has a team of skilled first aiders with all necessary equipment to serve during public events, training their communities on first aid and responding to emergency needs during disasters.
As a neutral organization, local committees and volunteers are available to support not only at district level campaign events but also at the smaller events when contacted.
Similarly, Red Cross volunteers will be available to offer life-saving first aid interventions at all polling stations across the country on 4th August as Rwandans cast their vote in this year’s presidential campaigns.
Do not take the risk of gathering crowds without contacting the local Red Cross committee to offer life-saving first aid, which they will certainly be ready to provide.
Serving to save lives!