MoHAP launches national initiative for first aid & CPR training

ABU DHABI, The Ministry of Health and Prevention, MoHAP, has announced its latest national initiative in line with the ‘Year of Zayed’, the first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation, CPR, in cooperation with the Federal National Council.

The National Initiative for First Aid and CPR, which will train 20,000 people from various sectors of society will be implemented within four to five years, and aims to reduce death from cardiac arrest, strokes and other emergencies. The training is in line with MoHAP’s strategy to provide comprehensive and integrated healthcare consistent with international standards.

The initiative will take off with an orientation and training session to be conducted by MoHAP’s Training and Development Centre for the members of the Federal National Council, which supports the Ministry’s efforts in handling emergency situations and reducing the causes of death from heart failure, strokes and other emergency cases. It also seeks to encourage other government entities from the federal and local level to adopt and implement the initiative, as well as build a database of volunteers for paramedics to assist in emergencies, crises and disasters.

Awad Saghir Al Ketbi, Assistant Under-Secretary for Support Services Sector for MoHAP, issued Administrative Resolution No.637 of 2018 for the creation of an oversight (ad-hoc) committee chaired by Saqr Ghanem Al Humeiri, Director of the Training and Development Centre to oversee the implementation of the training which will include first aid, CPR, and quick-response to medical emergencies, crises and disasters, in accordance with UAE Cabinet Decision No.6 of 2016 on the task of some ministries involved as mentioned in the terms of reference.

Al Ketbi underscored that the National Initiative for First Aid and CPR is part of MoHAP’s activities in line with the ‘Year of Zayed’ initiative aimed at increasing community awareness about cardiac arrest and provide training on ways to quickly respond to cases of sudden cardiac arrest, such as administering CPR and first aid to save an injured person. He further noted that the committee will supervise the implementation and progress of the initiative such as identifying the target participants, defining the priorities of training groups, and applying the training programs as soon as the scientific and training materials are available.

Dr. Abdel-Karim Al-Zarouni, Director of Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Department, MoHAP, said that the national initiative has chosen the Federal National Council as the pioneering entity to lead in the training and motivate both the private and public sector, companies, shopping centers, schools, and reach as well to the household level through the Supreme Council for the Family and Women’s Associations.

Source: Emirates News Agency