On the 25th – 26th of October 2017, some Waterford staff members received first aid training. The training, conducted by the Emergency Medical Rescue College in partnership with the University of Swaziland (UNISWA), was conducted on Waterford campus.
Training participants came from all school departments: housekeeping, maintenance, cafeteria, hostel, teaching and administration and support. Some of the topics that were covered include managing trauma and accident and Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). According to the school nurse, Sister Nomvula Mavuso, the plan is to make this an annual training. “This is a very important training and the purpose is to equip staff with first aid skills so that they can provide first line support to a student or staff member in case of an accident,” she said.
One of the trained staff, Bongani Hlophe, from the IT department, said, “If there were to be an accident now, I would know exactly how to help instead of being scared.”
At the end of the two-days training, participants were evaluated. “The certification is based on competence; hence the participants had to go through a theoretical and practical evaluation exercise.” We are making huge progress and we can confidently say that each department now has at least one first aider. On the 28th – 29th of November we will be training the school drivers; they must be in a position to help a student in case of an accident,” said Sister Nomvula.