‘STF’s paramedic training proved crucial after terror attacks’ | Daily News

‘STF’s paramedic training proved crucial after terror attacks’

STF troops at the ceremony. Picture by Saman Sri Wedage
STF troops at the ceremony. Picture by Saman Sri Wedage

The Special Task Force (STF) batch which completed the Paramedic Course 2019 conducted by the National Hospital of Sri Lanka (NHSL) were able to use their training to assist victims of the April 21 terror attacks, Health Services Director General Dr. Anil Jasinghe said.

Speaking the closing ceremony of the four-month-long course conducted by the NHSL, he said the NHSL has trained around 50,000 health assistants, but the training given for the STF is special. The STF always lives with danger and they are the first respondents in any disaster. STF members are young and can serve the country for a long period of time.

STF Senior DIG M.R. Latiff said the STF fully controlled the situation within five hours after April 21bombings and by midnight, they had taken terrorists into custody. Within 72 hours, the STF took the Eastern Province terror group into custody.

From November 1986 to date, 349 troops from the STF had been given paramedic training. At the moment, there are 197 in the service.

NHSL Deputy Director General K. Wickramasinghe said when an accident occurs, the victim is often transferred to a three-wheeler by untrained people, which can be fatal. Very few are able to give the victim artificial respiration.

Accident Service Training Coordinator Pushpa Ramyani De Zoysa said the first 10 minutes after an accident is crucial when it comes to saving the victim’s life.

Certificates and medals were awarded to 35 trained STF members during the ceremony.


 

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