Inmates countrywide to receive First Aid Training

Approximately 2000 Inmates currently incarcerated in the Lesotho Correctional Service  from ten districts will be trained in First Aid from October 2019 to September 2020 as part of celebrating World First Aid Day whose theme is ” Addressing exclusion through First Aid” and its core message is: “Having you as a trained First Aider would be a big plus”:

In order to launch the Project 58 male and female inmates from Maseru Correctional Institutions were trained in Basic First Aid and were awarded certificates on October 22nd at the Female Correctional Institution. The event was graced by the presence of the Commissioner of Lesotho Correctional Services  Mr. Thabang Mothepu and the President of Lesotho Red Cross Society Mr Silas Mosuhli.

when addressing the Inmates at the launch, the President of LRCS Mr Silas Mosuhli said  this year’s theme is addressing people who are often excluded when providing First Aid training to different groups of the community. ” we are aware that accidents or emergencies do occur in prisons hence the need to have trained people will assist those in need rather than make them worse by mishandling them before evacuation” he added.

The Commissioner  of LCS Mr. Thabang Mothepu gave thanks to God for having  granted them the opportunity to have such a training .

‘‘Knowledge is power and that power is in your hands” the Commissioner said. Mothepu further encouraged the inmates to do the volunteering work with all their hearts. ” i am  who  i am today because of the Red Cross. I was a volunteer twenty year back. He indicated that Red Cross and First aid has made an impact on many people’s lives.

when expressing their gratitude, Inmates (both male and female representatives) stated that through the training, they learned their responsibility of saving endangered lives as well as ensuring their safety when assisting the ill. They said they are very thankful to  the Red Cross for remembering  them. The Participants further outlined that they are proud of themselves now that they can assist people with severe nose bleeding, choking, shock, dressing wounds as well as different fractures.

“Indeed, we are very thankful now that the Society has remembered us people who incarcerated and  tabooed people. it shows that we are still remembered and still regarded as important part of the community. we will use skills that we have acquired both here in prison and back in the community”, they said.

The inmates will trained in different parts of the country by the Society’s Divisional offices.

The project is funded by Belgium Red Cross.