Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu called on schools, local agencies, Panchayats and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to organise regular camps to train people in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). He said, CPR training should be made part of the high school or college curriculum so that young people can learn about the life-saving process.
Speaking at an awareness programme organised by Gold India Trust in Vijayawada, the Vice President stressed the importance of knowing about life-saving techniques. The programme included a demonstration of CPR and AED (automated external defibrillator) by doctors from the Indian Resuscitation Council Federation (IRCF). Naidu appreciated the IRCF’s efforts in providing training on basic life support, comprehensive cardiac life support and pediatric advanced life support courses.
Naidu urged medical school students to visit nearby schools and villages to raise awareness of the use of CPR and AEDs. Naidu said that CPR can help save lives in emergency situations where medical help is not immediately available. He suggested that private institutions, apartment complexes and resident welfare associations should have AED teams at the ready and their members trained in CPR techniques. “If people know how to do CPR, they can save a lot of lives,” he said.
Former Deputy Speaker of Andhra Pradesh, Mandali Buddha Prasad, President of Siddhartha Academy, Dr Chadalavada Nageswara Rao, President of Federation of Indian Renaissance Council, S.C. Chakra Rao, and members of the IRCF were also present on the occasion.
What is CPR?
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is an emergency lifesaving procedure performed when the heart stops beating. Immediate CPR can double or triple the chances of survival after cardiac arrest. The American Heart Association recommends starting CPR with hard and fast chest compressions. This hands-only CPR recommendation applies to both untrained bystanders and first responders.