NDOLA, May 17 - The Zambia Red Cross Society (ZRCS) has appealed to the Inspector General of police Zunga Siakalima to equip all police stations with first-aid kits to enable officers to provide first-aid to the injured accidents victims and assaulted persons.
ZRCS Copperbelt information advisor Macdonald Bwalya said it was important that police stations were equipped with first-aid kits to enable officers to attend to victims of assault before proceeding to deal with the person who had committed the offence.
Mr Bwalya was speaking at the weekend when he presented certificates to 26 Kitwe police officers who participated in first-aid training of police officers in Ndola.
He said ZRCS on the Copperbelt had trained 50 police officers in first-aid of which 24 were from Ndola and 26 from Kitwe.
Mr Bwalya said it was only after being equipped with first-aid material that officers would be able to put what they learned from the training into practice.
"We want a situation where the police officers would be able to adequately and effectively provide first-aid to the injured accidents victims.
Even when one is assaulted, police officers should not just rush to open the docket, but should apply first aid," Mr Bwalya said.
He said this was the reason why he was appealing to the Inspector General of police to provide first-aid kits to all police stations.