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Magen David Adom’s mandate is first aid, ambulance services and blood
collection, but this time it is holding workshops around the country in an
effort to prevent life-threatening situations. The MDA workshops for teenagers
are titled “Summer Without Violence.”
The classes are meant to teach
teens how to cope with anger or frustration without resorting to violence or
confrontations, as well as avoiding the drinking of alcohol by learning about
its dangers – possibly fatal – to health.
The workshops are being held at
MDA stations, workplaces and educational centers around the country during July
and August and are meant for pupils aged 12 to 16. The lessons include how to
avoid being hurt if they encounter situations of violence as well as a first-aid
course including bandaging and resuscitation.
The cost for each workshop
will be only a nominal NIS 30 a day, or NIS 150 for the whole five-day workshop.
A minimum of 12 teenagers must register for each workshop to take place. Dial
*8101 to find the nearest location and to register for the workshop.
said it plans in the future to hold the classes for older and young people, to
keep them safe as well.
It also warned parents not to leave young
children unsupervised at home during the summer vacation.
organization said that in the past week, it treated a three-year-old girl left
alone in a hot car for two hours in Abu Ghosh outside of Jerusalem (she was was
hospitalized in moderate condition); a three-year-old who fell from a
third-story window in Beersheba died of her injuries; a six-year-old boy in Elad
fell to the floor from the higher level of a bunk bed and was rushed to hospital
in serious condition; and two toddlers had their hands trapped in dangerous
machines over the weekend in separate accidents, with one two-year-old girl in
the North losing her hand after placing it in a meat-cutting device.
calls on parents to be especially careful during the summer vacation. Do not
leave them without bars on the windows or near gas or electrical devices. Make
sure that dangerous devices are closed and not within reach.
children should not be allowed to cross streets alone; somewhat-older siblings
are not enough to ensure safety. Be alert in parks to avoid harm from slides,
seesaws and swings. Take special caution at beaches and swimming
Never go to a beach without a lifeguard, MDA said.
days ago, MDA teams searched for a six-year-old who went missing at an Ashdod
beach. It was feared that he had entered the water and disappeared. At a long
search, the child was found safe and healthy. On Friday, three youngsters aged
15, 17 and 19 went into the water at the Ashdod beach; one boy who was in
trouble was pulled out of the water, while the girl was dragged out not
breathing and without a pulse and, despite resuscitation attempts, was declared
dead. The 19-year-old young man was found drowned.
A teenager who
has drunk alcohol should never be allowed to drive.
Call 101 in an
emergency and follow MDA’s instructions.