The Maroua fire department announced it has recently launched a population-oriented training program to help them acquire the skills needed to provide first aid in case of road accidents.
The 40th National Fire Brigade (GSP), which covers the entire Far North region, says the program first targets 2,500 taxi-moto drivers. The participants will learn all the useful gestures for the swift rescue of people involved in road accidents, Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Djaoyang Djorwe, the brigade commander, said, pointing out that “traffic accidents are a serious public health problem in the city of Maroua”.
According to him, it happened many times that firefighters reach an accident scene and found people performing the wrong gestures on victims. “This can be detrimental to the victims. Hence the urgency for the public to learn basic first aid," he said.
The training program will also be an opportunity for the organizers to raise awareness among road users about the consequences of speeding and overloading, alcohol and drug use, etc.
Michel Ange Nga