THE provision of first AID is a paramount requirement in hazardous environment and as such mining firms and their contractors should abide by the laws as stated in mining regulation number 1201 -1209,North Western Province minister Dawson Kafwaya has said.
Speaking during the first AID interdepartmental competition in Lumwana mine,Mr Kafwaya said the objectives of the competition were to improve skills of the work force as they refreshed on the knowledge and skills learnt during their first training
The other objective was that Lumwana would have selected a team to represent Barrick Lumwana mine at this year’s inter company first AID competition which will take place on the Copperbelt in August.
“Without effective first AID, a lot of lives can be lost when accidents occur. It also enhances the ability for self-help,Mr Kafwaya said. He said first AIDERS were efficient in saving lives of the injured or those that become ill suddenly at work places.
He commended Barrick Lumwana for taking the course seriously and investing huge resources into such activities.
This year’s theme for the chamber of mines council was “first AID skills saves lives’’.
And chamber of mines council for first AID representative Dr Mwangala Muyendekwa said his organisation was encouraged and pleased with Barrick Lumwana for its support to the first AID.
He said in such competitions there were no losers or winners as it was a way of refreshing the skills in first AID.
Among the departments that participated in the competition are mining, security,Quatro,Holy Cross, and those in commercial,processing and maintaince industries.