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Workshop on first aid in tourism

SHILLONG, March 4: As part of the celebration of National Safety Day, Martin Luther Christian University (MLCU) Department of Tourism and Travel Management organized a workshop on “First Aid in tourism” in conjunction with Dr H Gordon Roberts Hospital, Shillong, on the university campus on Friday, which was attended by students and faculty from the department.
Medical consultants and staff from the Dr H Gordon Roberts Hospital School of Nursing facilitated the workshop with sessions that familiarized students with the proper methods of administering medical assistance during incidents involving injuries as well as emergency situations.
Demonstrations related to early management of trauma were presented by Dr Banteilang Nonglang (Orthopedic Consultant), Toxicology by Sr Bashida Synrem (Assistant Superintendent of Nursing), Medical and Surgical Emergencies presented by Sr Graceful Lyngdoh ( assistant prof, College of Nursing) and Basic Life Support (BLS) by Dr Banhiam C Kharrngi (Incharge Emergency and Trauma Care Unit).
The students also had a hands-on learning experience on the various demonstrations during the sessions.
Founder of Duia Trailblazers, a group of adventure tour operators in Shillong, Gerald Samuel Duia, shared his experience as a tour operator in some risky situations, as well as injuries and accidents in the field.
He stressed the importance of being equipped with first aid knowledge and being trained in lifesaving techniques in order to be able to manage and save customers as well as themselves in an emergency situation.
In his keynote address, Additional DM&HO, East Khasi Hills, Dr. Shibolleth Khonglah, who was the keynote speaker, highlighted the importance of first aid training for students in the tourism and hospitality industry.