This week activities of HPR were remarked by training session of motorcyclist from three districts of City of Kigali on road safety and First Aid where 1500 motorcyclists were trained. This training was aimed to raise more awareness on traffic regulations, behavior change and teaching them simple first aid skills. It was organized by Rwanda National Police, in partnership with Healthy People Rwanda, Special Guarantee Fund, and FERWACOTAMO ( Federation Rwandaise des Conducteurs de Taxi Moto).
This education campaign of three days started on Tuesday with 500 moto drivers from Gasabo district,
The Spokesperson for traffic PoliceSSP Jean Marie Vianney Ndushabandi, , while addressing to to motorcyclists said that “ according to the statistics between January and March this year 40 people (moto drivers and passengers) have died in motorcycles crashes , 120 were severely injured and 243 had minor injury due to careless and deadly maneuvers, alcohol abuse and Over-speeding “
“I urge all of you to adhere to the road safety standards because by not doing so, you will be endangering your lives and those of other road users”
Dr Innocent Nzeyimana CEO of Healthy People Rwanda said that “After realizing how Road traffic crashes continue to be major problem not only in Rwanda but also worldwide. HPR took initiative to teach road safety among the road users. That’s why we come here as motorcycles remain a major cause or involve in fatal accidents”
“As doctors we also realized that after crashes happened if we teach them about first aid skills they can save a life of someone who got injured by accidents. For example some ne who is bleeding it can take 10 to 15 for ambulance to come at that time the life of someone who is bleeding can be in danger while waiting for ambulance. That’s why we are teaching them how they can provide first aid while waiting for specialized service or to reach the health facility. Daniel Ngarambe, the president of FERWACOTAMO, said that there about 18,000 commercial motorcyclists in Kigali City alone, and That all of them will go through this kind of training and then the training will be extended to the whole country.
At the end of education campaign 1500 motorcyclists awarded certificate for attending training session.