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Launches Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training programme

PNS|Hyderabad

To tackle the increased number of deaths due sudden cardiac arrest, Ministers Harish Rao and KT Rama Rao have inaugurated the state-wide Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training programme.

Minister KT Rama Rao has urged to make CPR trainer, one defibrillator mandatory in malls, gym, apartments and IT corridor and train nearly one lakh with basic CPR training.

“Sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone regardless of time, situation, young or old. But timely Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) can save their lives.”

“Sudden cardiac arrests (SCA) and heart strokes are on the rise.
This is something to think about. We are seeing incidents of loss of life before our eyes. It is estimated that 15 lakh people lose their lives every year due to sudden cardiac arrest in our country. An average of 4,000 people died per day. Currently, only one in ten people who have a cardiac arrest survives. The World Health Organisation and other organisations say that if CPR is done on time, at least five people can survive.”

It is estimated that 24,000 people die of cardiac arrest every year in Telangana state. At least half of these lives can be saved if CPR training is widespread. There is no education, no medical knowledge and no age to perform CPR on those in danger. Anyone can perform CPR and save a life.

The government’s effort is to extend it to all across the state. “We are training all the medical, police, municipal, panchayat raj. We will train everyone in Gated Communities, securitymen such as watchmen, association presidents, Residential Welfare Association members and municipalities. In the village areas, we will train all sarpanches, MPTCs, public representatives and police personnel.”

Even if CPR is done, sometimes the heart does not respond and at that time it is possible to give a small electric shock from the chest to the heart through a medical device called Automatic External Defibrillators – AED. In the first phase we will buy 1,200 AED machines for Rs 18 crore. We are going to set them up in all PHCs, UPHCs and Basti Dawakhanas within a month, he added.

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