First aid training camp kicks off mines safety week activities
The first aid training camp - a critical annual exercise conducted prior to the start of the 39th mines safety week in was inaugurated on October 20th 2010 by senior officials of the Directorate General of Mines safety and the Mines Safety and Productivity Council.
The objective of this camp trains participants drawn from various mining companies in aspects of first aid treatment and intervention, particularly within the initial minutes of any accident or a health related attack. Lessons involve understanding how to help fellow colleagues in emergency situations.
The camp will be held at the government polytechnic at Bicholim, North Goa and conducted by doctors from companies including Fomento Resources (the host of this years Mines Safety week) and other professionals. The preliminary discussions will revolve around an introduction to first aid followed by the structure and functions of the human body and last but not least a specific directive on rescue and transportation of the injured and fire fighting demonstrations.
Dr. Digambar Naik inaugurating the event. To his right are S. I. Hussain and Ambar Timblo.
To his left A. K. Meghraj and Rajiv Kumar
Attendees at the inaugural function were Mr S I Hussein - Deputy Director General, DGMS, South Central Zone (Hyderabad), Mr AK Meghraj - Convenor of the Mines Safety and Productivity Council and Director Mines Safety Goa and Mr SK Das - Deputy Director Mines Safety Goa.
The President of the Council and Managing Director of Fomento Resources - Mr Ambar Timblo and Mr Rajiv Kumar the Secretary and DGM North Goa - Fomento Resources were also present.
The main speaker was Mr Digambar Naik - a renowned doctor and head of the Vrindavan group of hospitals.
Ambar Timblo, S. I. Hussain, A. K. Meghraj and Digambar Naik
Mr Timblo thanked the dignitaries for attending the function and assured that the safety first principal would be followed in all activities of its member companies. He conveyed that cardinal principles of first aid application such as “preventing harm and promoting recovery” would be followed. He concluded by urging participants to draw maximum benefit from such a training camp so that fellow team members could be helped in times of need.
Mr Meghraj provided examples of how certain international mining companies managed to save their lives in emergencies due to increased awareness of first aid and safety measures. Mr Hussein complimented the council for organising such a function, and in his closing remarks, conveyed: “Safety is a continuous process and is not an end in itself.”
Mr Digambar Naik concluded the proceedings with a vision of optimism - stating that basic safety practices and good discipline ensured a long and healthy life.