Ms Josephine Ama Daisie, Western Regional Manager of the Ghana Red Cross Society on Tuesday said the society had trained over 1600 drivers and their assistants on the proper handling of road accident victims.
She said wrongful handling of accident and emergency victims had over the years contributed to the many avoidable deaths in the country.
Ms Daisie said the training of the drivers and their assistants, who are the first contact with victims, was necessary to give them the requisite knowledge to minimize such avoidable deaths.
She told the media that the activities formed part of the celebrations marking this year’s World Red Cross day.
The theme for the celebration: “Youth on the Move” was chosen to highlight the important role the youth play in Red Cross activities as well as equipping them to scale up their activities, especially on disaster management and health care.
The society has nine operational districts in the region and undertakes programmes such as disaster preparedness, disaster response, health services and care in communities, organisational development, communication and public relations among others.