Be trained in CPR skills, people told
Published on: Monday, September 24, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: With cardiovascular disease as the leading killer in Malaysia, the community should be equipped with the basic knowledge in handling situation such as heart attacks.Chief Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal said the people should acquire the technique and skills in facing situation that involves cardiac arrest which in a way could save a person's life.

"I urge more people to learn basic life support skills as it will benefit us greatly when facing life threatening situations.

"Timely intervention in the form of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can double a person's chances of survival. The technique is easy to learn and can keep a cardiac arrest victim alive until paramedics arrive," he said.

Shafie said this in his speech that was read by Education and Innovation Assistant Minister Mohammad Mohamarin at the Mass CPR Training in Conjunction with the 2018 World Heart Day at Imago Shopping Mall on Sunday.

Also present was Gleneagles Kota Kinabalu Chief Executive Officer Noel Cheah.

Some 300 participants gathered for the training organised by Gleneagles Kota Kinabalu where several activities were carried out in partnership with Malaysian Red Crescent Society, Lions Ambulance Service Society, Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Junior Chamber Internationl (JCI) Tanjung Aru.

Mohammad who is also the Banggi Assemblyman officiated the launching of Gleneagles' "MyHeart Programme" which is a new initiative that offers comprehensive diagnosis and treatments for special members.

During the programme, aside from CPR training several activities were carried out such as health talks presented by Interventional Cardiologist and Physician Dr Ahmad Ashraf Zaini Anwar who talked about "What you need to know about heart, lung and Smoking".

Other activities also included free basic health screening, echocardiogram and carbon monoxide breath tests.


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