– The action took place in the rush-hour, so people literally were lining up to learn the open-chest cardiac massage and artificial lung ventilation, as well as a simple dressing procedure. Adults and children actively participated in the event. By the way, for the latter, we launched a special area where children could compete in the ring throwing, play skittles, – the regional coordinator for first aid and response to emergencies of the BRC Grodno OO Valery Krayevski said.
He also stressed that the Red Cross’ training specifically includes the unit which helps prevent tick bites.
– We were told how to prevent sucking of an insect: when walking in the woods one should wear closed clothes, a hat, use tickicides upon return – carefully examine the skin, especially in the armpit, groin, at the fold places. If a tick has bitten – don’t panic – Valery said. – The tick must be extracted: grab the tick with your thumb and first finger and begin to twist slowly, holding the insect perpendicularly to the skin. The tick needs to be removed safely for its further examination in the Center of Hygiene and Epidemiology for tick-borne Lyme-borreliosis and encephalitis.
Also during the action workshops of dog handlers were held. Giving different commands to dogs, experts showed to park visitors how search of people is carried out in the forest.
Valery Krayevski said that the crew was able to draw attention of Grodno dwellers to the Red Cross Movement.
– During the campaign we have organized fund raising for equipment and functioning of the crew, and also recruited new volunteers.
This campaign was held for the first time. Later, however, such events will be held regularly.