PANAJI: Chief Minister Dr Pramod Sawant today launched a new campaign, “RAKSHAK” the saviours initiated by Manipal Hospital Goa to address medical emergencies and enable residents of Goa to respond to emergency situations by teaching them basic Life Support activities at a function organized by Manipal Hospital Goa to mark the World Heart Day.
Speaking on the initiative, the Chief Minister said that when it comes to emergency situations, the time immediately following the event before the first responders can arrive at the scene is crucial in saving a life.
“This initiative will equip people to help others while dealing with health emergencies like heart attacks, accidents etc. If we have knowledge of how to provide first aid, then only we will be able to save lives,” said CM Sawant.
Congratulating the Manipal hospital team for taking such an initiative, he said most of the people have heart-related issues be it BP problems, diabetes or other heart issues, but people neglect such issues. After 30, he remarked that we need to take a basic routine checkup along with a good diet and exercise for a healthy heart.
Goa being the smallest State, it will be easy to provide RAKSHAK training to more people, Dr Sawant said and emphasized the need to have one master trainer in each department who can upgrade his knowledge and get fully trained to impart training to other staff members. There are almost 150 emergency cases happening in Goa every Day. If we succeed in providing training to at least 70 thousand people, then only we will be able to handle at least 100 cases, he said.