By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter
The Government of Belize, as a part of the Belize Road Safety Project, facilitated special training for Ministry of Health staff in post-crash care for road traffic accident victims.
Twenty-one MOH staff attended the workshops, sponsored by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development and facilitated by staff from the Belize Emergency Response Team (BERT).
MOH staff were trained in two areas: Basic Life Support Training and the Medical First Responders (MFR) program, at sessions carried out at the George Price Centre for Peace and Development, in the City of Belmopan.
According to GOB, the activities being implemented are in line with the Post-Crash Response Objectives identified within the Belize Road Safety Project and also identified in the draft long term strategic plan 2030.
Those objectives include building, supplementing and strengthening the emergency medical system at all levels with full capacity to handle injury accidents in general and traffic accidents in particular, in order to reduce the fatalities and their consequences, meet emergency medical requirements and reach standards similar to other regional nations.
“Through an integrated and comprehensive approach, together with demonstrated respect between all road users, the frequency and severity of traffic collisions (road trauma) is reduced”, GOB said.
GOB also highlighted that nearly 1.3 million people die every year on the world’s roads, and up to 50 million are injured; 90 percent of casualties from road deaths occur in developing countries; annual road traffic deaths are forecast to rise to 1.9 million people by 2020.