Pakistan Islamic Medical Association has arranged Basic Life Support training sessions for the general public with the aim to train citizens to provide initial aid to persons having sudden cardiac or respiratory arrest at 48 mosques across the country starting today.
Incharge PIMA lifesaving project, Dr. Abdul Aziz Memon says that the majority of the cardiac arrests in our country, happen at home or at workplace and many lives can be saved with simple Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training which is simple to learn. “CPR is an emergency first-aid procedure that is used to maintain respiration and blood circulation in a person, whose breathing and heartbeat suddenly stops”, he added.
This Lifesaving project was first initiated on a large scale by British Islamic Medical Association, later on it was adopted by all doctors associations affiliated with the Federation of Islamic Medical Associations. September 28 is marked to hold life support sessions at mosques all over the world. This project is all the more important for third world countries like Pakistan where emergency services are none existent in far flung areas.
As part of this campaign, PIMA has planned to arrange sessions in 16 cities of Punjab, KP, Sindh and Azad Kashmir initially. Many more such sessions will be needed once this pilot projects concludes, to educate masses across the country. These session will be held at four places in Lahore; four places in Multan; three places in Dera Ghazi Khan; four places in Sialkot; four places in Rawalpindi; three places in Okara; six places in Karachi; two places in Sargodha; two places in Gujranwala; two places in Sukkur; two places in Shikarpur; eight places in KP and each program at Faisalabad, Islamabad, Khairpur.