|The motorbike first-aid team is always available at intersections where accidents frequently occur. Photo dantri.com.vn|Viet Nam News
BINH DUONG - When someone falls from a motorbike during an accident in Việt Nam, passersby often do not stop. It’s unfortunately commonplace. But in Bình Dương Province’s Dĩ An Town, a 24-member motorbike first-aid team is always available at intersections where accidents frequently occur.
For years, the team’s drivers of motorbike taxis and delivery tricycles have taken hundreds of people involved in accidents to hospitals.
Founded by the Dĩ An Ward Red Cross Association 13 years ago, the team has received enthusiastic support from motorbike-taxi drivers.
Nguyễn Văn Vào, a member of the team, recalls that once, after hearing a loud sound, he found a man lying unconscious on the ground. The man had crashed into an electricity pole. Vào immediately took him to the hospital.
Huỳnh Thị Mai, a resident of Dĩ An Ward, was also helped by Vao when he took her to Đồng Nai Hospital to give birth. Vào stayed at the hospital and gave her money since she had no one else to help her.
Vao says the reward for him is the gratitude shown by people he has supported.
Another team member, Tiền Giang native Phạm Ngọc Ẩn, 51, says that he once took a worker who had a serious wound to the hospital, where the doctor would not allow An to leave because he thought he had caused the accident. The doctor had no idea that An was one of the volunteer first-aid drivers. After that, the Red Cross Association gave all the team members identification cards. VNS