SRINAGAR: The Health department has made basic life support training mandatory for children in all schools of Kashmir Valley under school health program.
“We are planning to train children from every private and government school in different health blocks of Kashmir. They will get trained by 500 BLS trainers,” said Director Health Services, Kashmir, Dr Saleem-ur-Rehman
He asked the school authorities to keep first aid drugs, logistics and basic first aid equipment readily available in schools and school buses for use in case of any eventuality.
The Health department launched ‘Basic Life Support in Schools’ with a day-long workshop for the school children at Presentation Convent Higher Secondary School, Srinagar
The program was inaugurated by the Director Health Services, Kashmir, Dr Saleem-ur-Rehman and Principal of the School, Sister Phyllis.
“Around 100 students along with few teachers took part in the launching programme of Basic Life Support skills by the Master Trainers of the directorate. The training involved the basics of pre hospital care being given by a first responder at the time of any eventuality,” health department said in a statement.
It said that topics included in the training included management of bleeding patients to CPR in an unconscious patient without breathing.
“A mock drill was also held in which the students practice to simulate and prioritise in handling trauma patients as a first responder,” the statement said.
The training was conducted by master trainers of the Health Department, Dr Arshad Rafi, Dr Ijtaba Shafi, Dr Sabeena Zargar, Shafi Shah, Farhana and Nighat, who were assisted by Dr Kounsar.
At the inaugural session Director Health Services, Kashmir spoke about seriousness of the department in expanding the BLS Training outreach program.
“Out of 7000 people trained in BLS by the department till date, more than 2000 people have been trained outside the Directorate which involved police personnel, airport employees, school and college children, and media fraternity,”