By Gladys Nweke
As part of development, and to prepare journalists for emergencies, the International Committee on Red Cross (ICRC) said that they will train members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Rivers State on First Aid.
Mr Stanley Job Stanley, the Chairman of NUJ in Rivers state, disclosed this in Port Harcourt while speaking at a one-day workshop on Role of the Media in Situation of Urban Violence, which was organised by the Union in collaboration with ICRC.
Mr Stanley Job Stanley noted that they want Red Cross to come to NUJ monthly meetings to educate journalists on the issue of First Aid. It is important that we know all those things in case of any emergency.
The chairman commended Red Cross for the workshop, noted that journalists in the state are now better informed on the activities of the humanitarian organization.
The NUJ Chairman said, “We thank the Red Cross for coming to explain their activities to journalists. We have learnt a lot of things from the interaction and the NUJ is grateful.”
Earlier in his presentation, ICRC Generalist Field Officer, David-West Egede, said the organization visits the Port Harcourt Prisons and other detention facilities in the state, to investigate the condition of detainees.
Egede said, “We visit detention facilities often to check the condition of the detainees. As far as a detainee has not been sentenced to death, he has a right to life.
“We constantly visit Port Harcourt Prisons, SCIID (State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department and SARS (Special Anti-Robbery Squad) detention facilities.”
He insisted that with a new law signed into law by the President, there is no need to get Police Report before treating victims of gunshot injuries.
Egede said, “It is popular that you must get a Police report before getting treatment, but it is no more like that. A law has been signed by the President that you should treat first before getting Police report.
“A lot of medical practitioners don’t know about the law and law enforcement agencies use their ignorance of the law, to humiliate them.”
He called on media outfits to set up humanitarian platforms in order to help in the propagation of the projects and activities of the Red Cross.
We call on media organization to set up platform to checkmate and report the humanitarian activities for information dissemination.