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1st nationwide CPR awareness event held

For the first time in the country, a nationwide cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) awareness programme was launched in the country with over 20 lakh participants including students, professionals and paramedical staff being given training in a single sitting online.

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya after launching the much-needed programme stressed the need for raising awareness among people and about the importance of training to provide immediate help in case of cardiac arrest and save lives. The move follows shocking reports from across the country of healthy young people succumbing to cardiac arrests during routine daily activities when they had almost no prior health issues, much less cardiac problems..

The programme was prepared by the National Board of Examinations in Medical Sciences on CPR training along with Ministers of State for Health Bharati Pravin Pawar and SP Singh Baghel.

“It should be our effort to keep our heart healthy by taking a balanced diet and doing exercise regularly. However, in the proximity of someone suffering from cardiac arrest, if one is trained in CPR technique, it will enable them to save lives,” Mandaviya said.

“It is imperative that a patient is administered treatment immediately upon suffering a cardiac arrest. Hence awareness and adequate training in CPR is paramount,” he added while lauding the initiative of the NBEMC.

Mandaviya said, “It (CPR) is of critical importance as the victim of cardiac arrest needs help administered urgently. In light of this, it is crucial that there is heightened awareness amongst the public with adequate knowledge and training so that we can save someone’s life.”

Praising people’s participation in the training, Mandaviya said, “Anyone can suffer from cardiac arrest at any given point in time and enhanced knowledge and training will aid in administering the right procedures and save a life.”

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