Kulluna,the health and safety initiative of Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Hamad International Training Center (HITC) has recently held its fifth Child Passenger Safety Training (CPST) course at Al Jaidah Showroom,to further support the community and encourage safe and healthy practice.
The CPST course is held with Safe Kids Qatar, an initiative between HITC and Safe Kids Worldwide that was launched in December 2013.
The training course teaches people how to become child passenger safety technicians so that they can, in turn, teach parents and caregivers how to choose and correctlyinstalla car seat for their children. A properly fitted car seat can save a child’s life in a car accident but many parents often don’t have them installed correctly. The CPST technicians can spot the mistakes and show the parents how to fix the errors, making the car seat safe and suitable for the child.
HITC Director,and Kulluna Chairman Dr. Khalid Abdulnoor Saifeldeen said: “It is important to understand most injuries to children from car-related accidents are preventable. Car seats for children are recommended up to the age of 10 (and sometimes longer) and it is essential to select the appropriate seat for every child depending on his/her height and weight.”
He explained that Kulluna team was very committed to helping the people of Qatar to ensurea safe environment for children. “This is our first collaboration with the automobile industry and we are excited to expand this training into different industries in the country,” he added.
Since the first CPST course in December 2012, Kulluna has trained more than 40 people with the aim of creating a local team of technicians who can organize a program of public ‘check-up’ events for caregivers and families to get their children’s seats checked and to get advice on buying or upgrading car seats.
Mr. Gary Sykes,President of ConocoPhillips Qatar,the founding sponsor of Kulluna’s health and safety campaign, commented: “At ConocoPhillips, Safety is the ultimate core value and it is our collective goal to eliminate all injuries and incidents. This is why as founding sponsor of Kulluna, we are very proud of our partnership with Safe Kids Worldwide, which brings its expertise to Qatar to educate the community on car seat safety and ultimately save lives.”