Focus establishes two first aid posts at Reshun and Koragh
Chitral Times Report
Chitral: Focus Humanitarian Assistance Pakistan established
two first aid posts at Rashun and Koragh to serve the people
crossing the Koragh hill pony track between Upper and Lower
Chitral. The Koragh hill track is over 2 hourís difficult track.
During the last week FOCUS received information that on daily
basis many of the people crossing the track get injured due to
boulder falls. The track is quite challenging with a steep
angle. Many people get faint due to de-hydration. The Community
Emergency Response Teams of Charun and Rashun have established
first aid posts at both side of the track and started serving
people with minor injuries. The team members are equipped with
first aid boxes, stretchers and water. Since yesterday over 70
people have benefitted from these points. Mr. Maqsood (42) a
resident of upper Chitral appreciated this initiative of FOCUS.
He was sharing his personal experience of being injured with a
boulder while crossing the track last week. He was not able to
get any first aid, till Rashun village. It is to be noted that
on daily basis over 1,000 people cross the Kuragh pony track.
FOCUS Pakistan has also established a first aid post in
Garmchashma for the volunteers working on the restoration of
Garmchashma- Chitral Road.
It is to be noted that FOCUS has trained over 22,000 community
volunteers across Chitral during the last 15 years in basic
first aid, search and rescue and emergency management. These
community members have helped thousands of people for the last
many years in Chitral in various disaster situations. During the
recent disasters the FOCUS trained volunteers helped many of the
people by providing them early warning as well as helped during
evacuation. This timely action of these trained community
volunteers indeed contributed in saving of precious lives and in
cases properties. The people from affected villages have
demanded for more training sessions. FOCUS Pakistan plans to
continue its community training programme in months ahead to
prepare communities for any disaster situation.