BY DARSHANA JAMINDAR
PERHAPS, FOR THE FIRST TIME IN GUJARAT TARGETS TO TRAIN 25,000 CITIZENS IN BASIC LIFE SUPPORT THROUGH CPR TRAINING
Incidences like sudden cardiac arrest, near drowning, and choking when a person stops breathing and is unresponsive are responsible for a large number of deaths. Many of these lives can be saved with Basic Life Support measures like CPR – Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation. It is a life-saving technique in emergencies, which is performed with hard and fast chest compressions on the affected person. This,in simple terms, is essentially pushing down your hands fast and hard on the chest of the victim. CPR can be performed by bystanders too with proper knowledge and training. Basic Life Support also involves rescue breathing when the rescuer blows air in the victim’s mouth, which too can be done by people with training on the right way to do it. Basic Life Support plays a crucial role in keeping the person breathing, thus saving his life till full medical help arrives.
However, performing CPR effectively needs a special training, and thus we see numerous lives being lost as people around the victim are not able to able to do it because of lack of knowledge and training. Shalby Hospitals Naroda has undertaken Jeevan Rakshak Campaign to train people in Basic Life Support Technique by CPR. This campaign was launched in the last week of December and till now more than 15,000 people have been trained in performing CPR by Shalby Hospitals Naroda’s Emergency Specialists under this campaign. People from across age groups participated in Jeevan Rakshak campaign and learnt how to perform CPR.
Dr. Rakesh Shah, Chief Administrative Officer, Shalby Hospitals Naroda says, “We have conducted Basic Life Support Training at a large number of schools, colleges, residential complexes, corporates houses, banks etc. where our Emergency Specialists have trained almost 15,000 people to perform CPR. Our aim is to reach a target of 25,000 people in next ten days. I must add that perhaps it will be for the first time in Gujarat that people in such a huge number are being trained in CPR by a hospital”
Dr. Nishita Shukla, GCOO of Shalby Hospitals says, “At Shalby we are committed to spread awareness about important health related issues at all our 11 hospitals. This initiative by our Naroda hospital has become a talk of the town as we are reaching out to 25,000 people to train them in performing CPR”
Mr.Hirenkumar Trivedi, CEO of Uday Autolink says, “This is a very noble initiative by Shalby Hospitals Naroda. It is of paramount importance that people know how to save a life in emergencies like cardiac arrest, which is claiming many lives today.”
Academic Director of Devasya International School and Principals of Axar High School and Shri Ambika Mahavidyalaya added, “We commend this initiative by Shalby Hospitals Naroda. It was actually an eye opener for us to know that we all can contribute in saving lives and be lifesavers by a proper training about how to perform CPR. Our students as well as teachers have learnt the technique of CPR and I am sure they will save many lives in emergencies, when medical help is not nearby.”