Hamad International Training Center (HITC), a member of Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), has conducted a car seat check-up event for families in collaboration with the Child Development Center (CDC).
The event follows a training course designed to help families of children with special needs to find safe and practical solutions to keep their children safe in cars. Technicians were also on hand to check that car seats were properly installed. More than 70 people participated in the day’s activities.
Dr Mahmoud Younis, Assistant Director of Health Promotion and Community Engagement at Hamad International Training Center, said:
The course, which is pioneering in the region, is part of HITC’s Child Passenger Safety Training (CPST) initiative launched in 2013 in partnership with Safe Kids Worldwide and under the umbrella of Kulluna health and safety campaign, with support from ConocoPhillips. Kulluna has trained more than 70 people to become CPST technicians who then help us reach out to families in the community.’
Dr Mahmoud said 75% of people who use child car seats often have them incorrectly installed. This highlights the importance of the CPST courses which can help parents to spot and fix the mistakes to ensure their children are safe. Car safety seats are recommended for all children and should be properly selected according to the child’s height and weight. The CPST technicians can also help families with ensuring the safety seat is installed in the proper place in the car.
HITC has dedicated every Thursday from 8 am to 2:30 pm to providing educational sessions for parents on child passenger safety.
For information about upcoming courses, contact Hamad International Training Center at 4439 7399 or visit HMC website.