The Nigerian Red Cross Society has commenced the deployment of First Aid tools to various locations for use by its field officers and volunteers during Saturday's national elections.

Monitored reports show that most of its Branches across the federation have since Monday been busy paying advocacy visits to critical stakeholders as well as organizing first aid teams that would provide emergency care to those in need at different election venues.

Members and volunteers of the body deployed for the field assignments are mainly those that have undergone courses provided by the International Federation of the Red Cross and met all other requirements specified by the NRSC.

NRSC had last two weeks directed all those interested in field work during the polls to undertake the online courses on personal safety among others, as well as provide proves of membership and registration with their respective Detachments and Divisions.

The body has also released helplines for use by all citizens during and after the elections.

It has also released information on its mandate and responsibilities for public awareness and cooperation.

Below is the full text of the communication as obtained by this medium.

NIGERIAN RED CROSS SOCIETY KEY MESSAGES

The Nigerian Red Cross Society (NRCS) is the foremost humanitarian organization in Nigeria.

The NRCS is not a religious or political organisation. It is neither an NGO nor a Government agency.

We have about 800, 000 trained and dedicated volunteers and branches in all the 36 states and Abuja.

Our values and principles

We operate strictly on our Fundamental Principles:

* The Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement was born out of the desire to bring assistance without discrimination to the wounded on the battle field, endeavours, in its international and national capacity , to prevent and alleviate human suffering wherever it may be found.

* The Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement makes no discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions. People are attended to according to their needs. Priority is giving to the most urgent cases.

* In order to continue to enjoy the confidence of all, the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement does not take side in hostilities or engage at any time in any controversies of a political, racial, religious or ideological nature

* The Movement is independent. The NS though is auxiliary in the humanitarian services of their governments and subject to the laws of their respective countries, must always maintain their autonomy so that they may be able at all times to act in accordance with the principles of the Movement.

* The Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is a voluntary relief Movement, not prompted in any manner by desire for gain.

* The Nigerian Red Cross  Society is providing a wide range of services to the most vulnerable in all contexts - from responding to needs in disaster and conflict situations, to providing assistance in urban/rural centers and hard to reach areas, and advocating on behalf of those in need in policy circles and to governments
We provide a diverse and enterprising range of services, tailored to the needs of local communities, helping people prepare for, cope with and recover from crisis and other disasters.

All the time we provide:

Free first aid services to the injured in case of emergencies
evacuation and referral of casualties to treatment centres
psycho-social support,

Restore family links through tracing
immediate relief assistance wherever necessary,

Search and Rescue.

The Nigerian Red Cross volunteers are on stand-by at strategic positions in LGAs for the support that you may need.

We value your Opinion/voice

For any inquiry, complaints and feedbacks request for services, information or alerts,  contact the Nigerian Red Cross Society by  calling our FREE hotlines:

MTN NG                               0803 123 0430
Glo NG                                  0705 699 0020
9mobile NG                         0809 993 7357

Please note that it is free if you call with the same network; eg, MTN to MTN…
You have the right to ask for information and give feedback about NRCS operations
Visit our website www.redcrossnigeria.org
You can join the Nigerian Red Cross Society as volunteers

NIGERIAN RED CROSS SOCIETY:  A SURE SIGN OF HOPE