ABOUT 75 villagers from Kolosori in Isabel have joined 45 workers of AxiomKB to complete a basic first aid training course sponsored by the mining company.
Occupational Health and Safety Officer for AxiomKB, Ernest Koli said, “the training is part of the company’s efforts to promote safety amongst our workers and villagers in our project area.”
The training was attended by both men and women from the villages in the areas in which Axiom has its tenements.
The training at the project site in Kolosori was conducted by Saint John Ambulance Service from Honiara.
Vicky Davis, a female from Havehua Village also attended the training. She said, “the basic first aid training is good because it can also be used in our villages if accidents happen especially with the clinic so far away from some of our communities.”
“From our village we need at least 3 to 4 litres of petrol to get to the clinic which is not good if there is a serious accident.”
Mrs Davis thanked Axiom and said she hopes to move to the next level of the first aid training to get a certificate in first aid.
At the same time, Robert Mamagu from Medou Village said the next training must include more young men and women from the villages near Axiom’s project areas.
“Young people are always the ones taking risks therefore should know basic first aid.”
Paul Vahia a villager who also attended the training, added; “It is good the company provides such training as it a life skill that can be used later by villagers in any situation.”
The course participants were also given practical lessons on resuscitation using demonstration dummies provided by the professional trainers.