The Philippine Heart Center (PHC) Cebu Chapter, headed by its Council on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), embarked on its second annual Mass CPR activity drive.

The mass CPR drive is a simultaneous event nationwide taking place in various hospitals and community halls in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

Through the CPR event, the PHA wants to impart the knowledge and life-saving benefits of CPR procedure.

The PHA envisions the country to be CPR-ready by 2020, and its goal is for CPR not to become an exclusive knowledge for physicians and nurses only; the heart organization is promoting CPR as a must-know for all.

The first Mass CPR drive organized April 2016 had 22,000 participants, which was significantly higher compared with similar events taking place in Malaysia and Singapore which had 6,000 and 1,000 participants respectively.

“We want to inculcate this skill as part of disaster preparedness,” said Dr Shelbay Blanco of the Disaster Risk Management for Health in Central Visayas, as quoted from the Cebu Daily News. She also noted that there are two modules for the training - one is to present the training as additional-skills to health care providers, and another to present the CPR training to rescuers and barangay health workers. The Mass event took place on March 6, 2017.

DOH Region 7 Director Dr Jaime Bernabes also took part in the training, as well as personnel of the DOH compound. They received short briefings before the actual demonstration.

Every local government unit (LGU) must have a personnel trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), according to Dr Bernabes. Aside from LGUs, national government agencies and private corporations must have personnel trained in CPR as well.

The Mass CPR drive is meant to underscore the provision requirements in the Samboy Lim Bill, the Basic Life Support Training in Schools, or Republic Act 10871. It seeks to enable all public and private basic education schools nationwide to provide their students with basic life support training.

The PHA or the Philippine National Red Cross will develop the local programme based on nationally-recognized, evidence-based guidelines on emergency cardiovascular care. MIMS

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