MANY lives will be saved and many injuries treated immediately in rural communities in Nausori after the Fiji Red Cross Society took first aid to the people as part of World First Aid Day.
Celebrated in Fiji last Saturday the theme for the 2012 World First Aid Day was 'First Aid for Vulnerable People'.
Safety program co-ordinator Vasemaca Vuki said the day included a more targeted intervention for identified vulnerable communities in Fiji that had no access or limited information to first aid and safety.
As part of World First Aid Day, FCRS conducted first aid training and sensitisation among vulnerable communities in the Central, Eastern and Western divisions.
This was with the aim to enhance the capacity of vulnerable community members to be able to respond to injury and sickness using available resources.
FCRS director general Filipe Nainoca said first aid was one of the greatest acts of humanity and was fundamental to the principles of the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement.
"By building the number of people who have the capacity to save lives as a result of their first aid knowledge, we are contributing proactively and substantially to the resilience of communities and their ability to cope with emergencies and crisis," Mr Nainoca said.
About 200 villagers in communities around Nausori including the village of Lomanikoro in Rewa were trained on Saturday.