University of Calgary

Disaster aid

March 3, 2010

UCQ students train for disaster aid

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UCQ nursing students prepare for an emergency or disaster situation.
Six University of Calgary – Qatar nursing students recently received hands-on training in providing aid in disaster situations.  The training, conducted by the Qatar Red Crescent, included the set-up of the Advanced Medical Post.  It consists of two inflatable tents that are equipped with medical supplies and equipment that is the equivalent of a 10 patient hospital. 

“We now know, first hand, what it takes to provide aid in an emergency or disaster,” stated Asmaa Hassan, one of the students who participated in the training.  “We are now prepared to contribute and not be a burden whenever we are called on to assist in emergency situations.”

The Qatar Red Crescent has trained 200 people since it obtained the Advanced Medical Post in 2002.  “We are proud to be able to provide equipment and trained personal in emergencies or disasters,” said Dr. Daoud Abed Al-Mutty Al-Bast, Head of Medical Affairs with Qatar Red Crescent.

The UCQ student’s training is part of the university’s commitment to enhancing and enriching community health in Qatar.  “It’s about being able to respond to the needs of Qataris and people outside the country when disaster strikes,” said Cathy Whitehead, nursing instructor.  She added, “It’s valuable for our students to see the great work that the Qatar Red Crescent is doing.”

The families of the students are very supportive of their Qatar Red Crescent training.  A husband and a brother of two of the students are planning on taking the training as well.  “It is available to everyone, not just medical personnel,” explained Dr. Daoud.  A training certificate is handed out at the completion of the daylong event.

Along with Hassan, the other five students who participated were: Amal Karib, Jeneeha Al-Hababi, Samar Ali Al-Qader, Maryam Al-Saadi.  Lisa Moralejo, another Nursing Instructor also assisted.

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