x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

A caregiver indeed

Anna Rose has bandaged injuries, helped a three-year-old girl who was choking and provided first aid for the victim of a car accident. It might sound like a tall order for a 23-year-old, but every nanny should have these same skills.

Anna Rose has bandaged injuries, helped a three-year-old girl who was choking and provided first aid for the victim of a car accident. It might sound like a tall order for a 23-year-old, but every nanny should have these same skills.

One paediatrician has taken the lead on the issue for good reason - his son has benefitted from Ms Rose's care. As The National reported yesterday, Dr Taisser Atrak, the head of paediatrics at Mafraq Hospital and Ms Rose's employer, has pioneered a programme at the hospital offering free first aid and CPR training.

Many families employ domestic staff to help to take of their children. Often these carers are not properly trained in the event of an emergency. Dr Atrak has been motivated by the unnecessary tragedy that this lack of preparation can have. "I have seen a child come in with a swallowed balloon," he said. "Because no one knew what to do in the time, that child died."

The parents of that child surely were devastated; the rest of us should take note that, given less than one day of training, we could be in a position to save a child's life. Nannies are often entrusted with enormous responsibility - a responsibility that Ms Rose has admirably lived up to - and they should be trained accordingly. And so should the rest of us.