First aid training courses launched for caregivers of elderly, stroke, diabetic patients

SINGAPORE - The Singapore Red Cross today launched a first aid training programme targeted at caregivers of vulnerable persons, particularly the elderly, stroke and diabetic patients. The launch coincides with World First Aid Day.

Monthly six-hour courses at the Singapore Red Cross Academy will be available to the public at a subsidised rate of $10 per trainee, down from the normal rate of $80.

Guest-of-Honour Associate Professor Fatimah Abdul Lateef, Member of Parliament for Marine Parade GRC and Deputy Chairman for the Government Parliamentary Committee for Health officiated the launch and joined the first Eldercare First Aid course for caregivers.

She said: "The launch of the targeted first aid programmes for the vulnerable groups of persons will definitely benefit families of those with a background history of chronic illnesses such as diabetes, Ischaemic heart disease and stroke. They can make a difference if they know what to do in an emergency. I hope everyone will take some time and learn these life-saving skills."

Participants spent six hours learning basic first aid techniques such as CPR, Heimlich manoeuvre and bandaging, as well as preventive first aid which imparts elderly-specific health, fitness and safety tips on how to prevent strokes and falls.

The public can now sign up for the course at www.redcross.org.sg.

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