The goal of the First Aid Workshop - conducted by the Medical Unit technician, Tomas Aquino – was to teach first aid to people with disabilities what to do in cases of wounds, burns, choking, airway clearance manoeuver and hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
During the event, the head of the Secretariat for Civil Protection, Noemi Guzman Lagunes, explained that Governor Javier Duarte de Ochoa has worked to establish a preventive policy for civil protection from the outset of his administration, which led Veracruz to respond to the United Nations call to join this celebration.
In 2011, Veracruz children accepted the proposal to partner with the UN to promote a culture of prevention and self-protection, and in 2012, the goal was to raise awareness of the work of women and girls in risk reduction efforts. "Today, October 13, 2013, we respond to the decision to create a civil protection policy to understand and address the needs and rights of people with disabilities," she said.
The public servant noted that more than 130 students from Veracruz special education, federal and state schools participated and responded to the disability survey conducted by the UN worldwide. "Their answers will definitely help to improve public policy". She noted that the workshops are scheduled to take place prior to and following this day, to empower people with and without disabilities to act properly in emergency and disaster situations.
Finally, she said that this celebration is held to focus attention not only on the rights and needs, but also the great ability and strength of people with different capacities.
Secretariat for Civil Protection State Government of Veracruz