Kitwe, August 18, 2014, ZANIS — GOVERNMENT has directed mining companies to invest in the development of first aid skills by training their employees in first aid.
Acting Mines Permanent secretary Paul Chanda, said if mine employees are well equipped with first Aid skills they can greatly help reduce on mine fatalities.
Mr Chanda directed that first Aid Skills must be made available to all mine employees both under the mining companies and their contractors.
ZANIS reports that the Acting Permanent Secretary said this in a speech read for him by Director of Mines Safety Department Gideon Ndalama, in Chambeshi over the weekend.
This was during the Inter-Company First Aid competition by mining companies.
He added that government recognises the importance of first aid as an emergency response in case of mine accidents are required by law to train and develop skills in first aid among their employees who are first to be at the scene of mine accidents.
He however assured the mining companies of government commitment and support to ensure that provision of first aid is sustained.
Meanwhile, Chamber of mines president Jackson Sikamo said the chamber has stepped up the training of miners on first aid.
He said currently, 9400 have been trained and issued with certificates in first aid from various mining companies such as Mopani, KCM, Lumwana, Chibuluma and Chambeshi Metals among others.
In a speech read for him by Chamber of Mines vice president, Mathews Banda, Mr Sikamo said the chamber realise the important role first aid skills play in mining operations which he said is the reason it was promoting the training of first aid in all mining companies.