The state government contemplates training as many people as possible in CPR to save the precious lives of those who suffered sudden cardiac arrest. Inaugurating a training programme at GVK EMRI centre, minister K T Rama Rao said it was disheartening to see young people dying of cardiac arrest. Had there been people nearby with the knowledge of CPR, they could be saved.
He said they were planning to train security guards, volunteers from Residential Welfare Associations, and field-level staff of all departments so that they could be of help in emergencies.
Health minister T Harish Rao said about 24,000 people in Telangana state die of sudden cardiac arrest. If field-level people are trained, at least five out of 10 could be saved and that is much better. He said it was the idea of Mr Rama Rao to ensure that massive awareness and training programmes are conducted on CPR across the state.
Also, the health department would also acquire 1,200 Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) with Rs.18 crore and made them available across the state.
By Gollapudi Srinivasa Rao