Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, CPR
Demonstration of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

Students Trained on CPR to Manage Cardiovascular Emergencies

As part of efforts to save lives during emergencies, Aspire Coronation Trust Foundation, in partnership with IHS Towers, has given N1m grant to Health Emergency Initiative to build secondary school students’ capacity for Cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Boosting their knowledge of CPR, the organisations noted would help, especially in managing heart attack, cardiac arrest, seizures, fainting, bleeding and other health emergencies

The Chief Executive Officer of ACT Foundation, Osayi Alile, made this known in a statement made available to PUNCH Healthwise, stressing the need for young people to have the basic knowledge of CPR and how to deploy it during life-threatening emergencies.

Alile explained that the initiative became imperative with the growing anxiety about the high incidence of cardiovascular diseases such as heart attack, cardiac arrest, and the attendant fatalities among Nigerians in recent years.

She said the menace of road traffic accidents and other traumatic injuries lately was mind-boggling.

According to a recent report by the World Health Organisation (WHO), road traffic accidents are the biggest killer of young people, especially in Nigeria and other third-world countries.

Alile informed that the grant was a sequel to the emergence of HEI among the top 10 finalists of the ACT Foundation Changemaker Innovation Challenge and winner of the IHS Towers support grant.

According to her, this great feat also attracted an eight-week leadership/management training scholarship for personnel of HEI at the Lagos Business School.

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“The program which was successfully implemented between January and May 2023 ensured that 40 secondary students and 25 of their teachers across the six educational districts in Lagos were equipped with essential life-saving skills, creating a more prepared and resilient community.

“Each of the participants acquired critical pre-hospital skills required to manage such cases as cardiac arrest, heart attack, fainting, seizures, internal bleeding, bites, poison, burns, wounds, fainting, choking etc.

“Similarly, two first responders clubs benefitting over 1000 students across Awodiora Senior Secondary School & AUD Comprehensive Secondary School were inaugurated to ensure knowledge retention and transferability”, she said

Alile stated that ACT Foundation was committed to empowering the youths and touching lives, which explains why it keyed into the lifesaving initiative.

She urged other organisations and individuals to increase their support and collaboration with organisations to advance young people’s health, safety and well-being, and to imbibe a stronger culture of effective emergency response in Nigerian society.

The Executive Director of HEI, Paschal Achunine, expressed profound gratitude to ACT Foundation and IHS Towers for their huge support.

He lauded the organisations for their commitment to the sustainability of its operating environment and social landscape across Africa and stressed that any investment in young people would translate to business continuity.

Achunine expressed delight that HEI was selected among the top 10 finalists out of 250 organisations in Africa, adding that the First Responders Clubs that were set up in the schools are in line with the ‘Train the Trainer’ model of the scheme.

Similarly, he noted that activities such as essay competitions, quiz and debates will be instituted in the schools, to foster a lifesaving culture in the state.

SOURCE: Punch HealthWise