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First Aid, CPR Training Can Prevent Needless Deaths – CCG

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Health authorities in the country should organise regular training for the public to equip citizens with basic skills in First Aid and Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), General Secretary of the Christian Council of Ghana (CCG), Rev. Dr. Cyril Fayose, has admonished.

The clergy, who was a guest on Class FM’s Executive Breakfast Show in his first public interview after being appointed this year, was concerned about healthcare in the country and how needless deaths could be prevented.

“There should be a system where even the ordinary person at home can provide some kind of assistance even before getting to the hospital,” he told show host, Moro Awudu on Wednesday 11 July 2018.

“When I was studying outside this country (Ghana), as a student we were all given training in CPR. That is something we don’t do in this country so at the least opportunity anyone of us could die,” he lamented.

He said accidents occur in the country and “a number of cases that need not end up in deaths end up in deaths because there is no immediate help”.

For him, the immediate help could come from a health professional “or from all of us” with the required assistance to ease the pressure on hospitals.

He said High School students are taught how to giver First Aid to a person involved in an accident in developed countries and those are things that can be replicated in Ghana to control preventable deaths.

“That is what we don’t have in this country and that is what is killing a lot of our people [resulting] in needless deaths.

“So I think our health system should step up the game a bit and help not only the health system itself but even the citizenry in how to give First Aid,” he admonished.

Source : ClassFMonline

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