The King’s Volunteer 904 Central Coordination Centre has assigned the Public Health Ministry to provide training to 10 million Thais in basic life-saving skills, principally learning cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and how to use an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) machines.
The ministry will formulate a curriculum for training the public in CPR and AED and publish the materials online. The project aims to provide 10 million Thais with the life-saving knowledge, including at least 3.5 million of whom will be able to perform CPR and use an AED.
Public Health permanent-secretary Dr Sukhum Kanchanapimai says the project was part of a larger campaign where medical specialist volunteers will provide medical check-ups and treatment to needy people in honour of His Majesty the King Rama X on the occasion of his royal coronation.
The CPR and AED training will also be carried out wherever this campaign’s activities are held. It has so far had trained 2,500 people to perform CPR and use an AED, he added.
Thais suffer an average 54,000 deaths yearly from heart disease and heart attacks.
SOURCE: The Nation
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