MMDA traffic personnel to undergo training in CPR

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BESIDES directing traffic, Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) personnel will be trained on cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and how to use a machine that revives the heart in case one suffered a heart attack in a public place.

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On Friday, the MMDA announced that it has supported moves to install defibrillator in all buildings and crowded places that could be readily used during emergencies.

The defibrillator is a life-saving machine that gives the heart an electric shock in case someone suffered a heart a heart attack.

MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said defibrillator should be readily available so that it could be used by anyone who has the knowledge of operating it in times of emergency.

Tolentino said the Philippine Heart Association (PHA) has proposed that all commercial establishments, buildings and even crowded areas should have defibrillators that could be used when someone suffers cardiac arrest.

“Like fire extinguishers, defibrillators should be available everywhere because they help in saving life,” he added.

He said all MMDA traffic constables will be trained by doctors from PHA on how to use the machine so that they could effectively use it during emergency.

Dr. Eugene Reyes, PHA President said traffic enforcers should be trained about basic life support for them to know how to respond to such emergency.

“In case there will be emergency, they would know how to respond immediately and properly,” he added.

He explained that once the person’s heart stop beating, it should be resuscitated fast.

The defibrillator, he explained, could be used by somebody knowledgeable even when no doctor is available.

He added that traffic enforcers could use the defibrillator in case there will be cases of cardiac arrest on the road.

Traffic enforcers are also being trained in performing hands-on CPR especially during emergencies in thoroughfares.

Ritchie A. Horario

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