Debswana hosts successful First Aid competition

Isaac Pheko
Monday, 28 August 2017
SAFETY ENVIRONMENT…Debswana held First Aid competitions SAFETY ENVIRONMENT…Debswana held First Aid competitions BOTSWANA GUARDIAN

Team Mining B are the overall winners of the 2017 Debswana First Aid Competition that was held in Jwaneng recently.  Mining B managed to beat stiff competition from 11 other teams within Debswana mining company. 

The other 11 teams, consisting of six members each included Security, MMJV, Health Services, Engineering A, Engineering B, ACACIA, Mining A, Mining B, Ore Processing A, Ore Processing B and MRM. The   games   held at the Debswana club saw the teams made up of   Debswana employees tackle different scenarios where they had to administer   swift First Aid assistance to colleagues who were lying on the floor simulating different injuries.  

The team tests included five different scenarios where    participants   had to administer different First Aid techniques   before the watchful eyes of several judges. The last part of the    interdepartmental games was a simulation test where several plant operators were injured while on duty. Speaking after their victory, Mining B captain Otlaadisa Shadrack said they have been preparing for   their victory   for a while.  We have been prepared for   this   for three years. 

“We now have two   teams   in Mining B and Mining A   in position one and two respectively. Shadrack said   they had to work hard both practically and physically. This   is an incentive to work even harder as we have won this as Jwaneng mine,” he said. In an interview    following the conclusion of the   games, Debswana General Manager Albert Milton said   competition was tough in   this   year’s edition of the   game. “The   teams were well prepared and   it is   my firm belief   that First Aid   continues to grow not only in the   mine   but society at large.” Milton said First Aid is important as it can be the difference between life and death.  The Debswana boss explained   that First Aid is part   and parcel of the community and   experience   in such a field will be beneficial. Milton said   team Jwaneng will be going to   the   next   stage and compete   in the national First Aid competition scheduled for Morupule   mine   in Palapye in October. For his   part, competition Chief judge   Dr Mwamba Nsebula   said the margin between the   winners and other   teams was getting smaller and smaller every year. There are only   small slips in managing their patients. Dr Nsebula said   they   focused on how the teams work together and how they managed   their patients.  We have told the judges not to be   kind and be as harsh as possible. The   third position went to Engineering A   while   Ore processing A   secured fourth place.

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