Lafarge has embarked on a road safety campaign which, among others, will see the company training traffic police officers in emergency response to road accidents.
Speaking at the close of a week-long training for traffic police officers in Ntcheu, Lafarge Chief Executive Officer, Albert Sigei, said training the officers is key to reducing fatalities on the country’s roads.
“As Lafarge, we want a safe Malawi. So, apart from other activities that we are also supporting to promote road safety, we decided to train traffic officers’ basics of first aid.
“We believe b y training the officers, we should be able to save lives as they [officers] are usually the first to reach an accident scene before hospital personnel,” Sigei said.
Speaking on the sidelines of the training, Deputy Head of Traffic for Malawi Police Service, Pherson Nthenda, conceded that some deaths could be avoided if the service had adequate capacity.
“Training police officers in emergency response is very crucial. Many accident victims die due to poor emergency response. As Malawi Police Service, we have the responsibility of providing emergency care,” Nthenda said.