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The Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) on 30th July 2014 marked 50 years of humanitarian service with a series of activities taking place at Parliament. Included in these activities were First Aid simulations, membership recruitment and blood donation drives.
Kampala, Uganda. Friday – 18th July 2014: The Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) today announced that it will celebrate and mark 50 years of humanitarian service by making a case to the Parliament of Uganda for the enactment of a new law that makes it legally possible for someone to render aid in an emergency to an injured person on a voluntary basis.
The Good Samaritan Law, as it is known in most parts of the world, will offer legal protection to people who provide reasonable assistance to those who are injured, ill, in danger, or otherwise incapacitated. While providing details about the law, Interim Secretary General of URCS, Mr. Ken Odur Gabelle explained, “It is well known that people are reluctant to provide aid when they come across an accident, where others have been hurt, for fear of being held responsible in case something goes wrong. The Good Samaritan law will encourage people to offer assistance to people in need. The legal protection that will be offered by this law is intended to reduce bystanders’ hesitation to assist for fear of being sued or prosecuted for unintentional injury of wrongful death.”