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  • First aid is a help given to sick or injured persons, with care provided to prevent the condition from worsening
  • In case of an emergency or an accident, a victim can be saved by providing first aid
  • Wockhardt Hospitals in Mumbai distributed 2000 free first aid kits to help people handle an emergency

First aid is the care provided to a person suffering from a sudden illness or injury to prevent the condition from worsening. A first aid kit contains a variety of items that help treat injuries, burns, cuts, scrapes, sprains, splinter, sting etc. First aid kit is a necessity in every home. It can help an individual handle an emergency at a moment's notice.

First Aid Kit -- Its Importance

First aid kits are important to provide a first level treatment to ailments, minor accidents and injuries that occur at home or outside. It can help reduce the risk of infection or the severity of the injury.
First Aid Kits Distributed for Free by Mumbai's Wockhardt Hospitals - An Exclusive Interview With Dr Parag Rindani

Every household should have a first aid kit so that basic treatment can be provided to an injured person before actual help reaches in the form of a physician or ambulance. Considering the importance of this kit, Wockhardt Hospitals, Mumbai Central has distributed 2000 first aid kits along with a first aid guide booklet in South Mumbai. Wockhardt is a 350-bedded multi-specialty tertiary care hospital in Mira Road, in South Mumbai. Dr. Parag Rindani, Centre Head of Wockhardt Hospital, spoke to Medindia about the campaign.

Dr. Parag Rindani

Q. What is the purpose of distributing free first aid kits?

Ans. The purpose is to have a social responsibility to change people's knowledge on first aid kit. It may sound unpleasant, but the reality is accidents do occur. An accident can occur anywhere, whether you are traveling, or at home or anywhere else. That is why it is important that people should be educated on how to handle any medical emergency and also have knowledge on basic treatment before medical help could arrive.

Q. What does the first aid kit contain?

Ans. It is a simple kit that includes cotton, bandage, electral powder and antiseptic medication. The kit also contains a first aid booklet that provides guidelines on basic treatment for burns, sprain, cuts, and sting. Our community medical service team had personally visited every house and gave first aid demo to the residents.

Q. Which segment of people is targeted?

Ans. We are targeting all the segment of people irrespective of class because it is very important for everyone to have knowledge of how to use the first aid kit during an emergency.

Q. Is this the first campaign?

Ans. Yes, it is the first campaign. We have distributed two thousand free first aid kits, though it is not a large number, it is a small initiative to reach the community and implement knowledge on the importance of first aid.

Q. Are you planning to expand this campaign throughout the City/State?

Ans. Yes, we are planning on expanding this initiative to other areas in Mumbai. In this initiative, we have distributed free first aid kits in Lalbaug, Parel & Pedder road in South Mumbai zone.

Q. In what way can a commoner benefit from this campaign?

Ans. The campaign is focused on the common man to deliver timely help in case of an emergency. The first aid kit can be used in such cases to provide basic treatment immediately following accidents at home or on the road.

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