Professional help is vital for quake victims
Updated: 2013-04-24 16:41
The government should learn how to make a good use of the social spirit in disaster relief, says an article in China Business News (excerpts below).
Time is of the essence in disaster relief, every second counts.
The efficient use of resources can mean the difference between life and death.
An outpouring of concern can translate into people rushing headlong to help. Their humanity is welcomed but the sad fact is that their lack of training can hinder search and rescue operations.
That's why the State Council has notified all social organizations that they must get approval before going to the quake area. The State Council also indicated that individual volunteers and citizens should not go.
The government appreciates the assistance from social organizations and volunteers to help but practical, professional assistance is vital for people in need.
Later on, during reconstruction, things may well be different and more people will be able to help. But search and rescue operations need a professional approach.