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Mouth-to-mouth dapat: Aragones cites importance of CPR knowledge among studes

Sep 26, 2016 @ 15:22

Saying it can spell the difference between life and death, Laguna 3rd District Rep. Sol Aragones has moved to incorporate cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training in the physical education curriculum of both private and public secondary schools.

According to Aragones, CPR is one of the ways of keeping a patient or victim alive while waiting for the arrival of say, an ambulance.

“Kung may biglang inatake sa puso, at tumawag tayo sa 911, posibleng hindi umabot agad ang ambulansya para masagip ang buhay ng biktima. May mga uncontrollable factors na kailangang i-consider gaya na lamang ng traffic o mismong availability ng ambulansya,” she said.

The broadcaster-turned-politiko filed House Bill (HB) No. 1858, also known as the CPR Instruction Act of 2016.
Under the measure, the Department of Education (DepEd) would provide grants to public secondary schools for the purpose of establishing CPR training programs using nationally recognized training courses.

The grants to be provided by DepEd will cover start-up costs, including initial teacher training in CPR instruction and purchase of printed informational or instructional materials, mannequins, and other equipment, Aragones said.

“In the Philippines, nine Filipinos die of heart disease every hour. Many of these deaths can be avoided if they are immediately given CPR, which can double or triple a person’s odds of surviving cardiac arrest,” the legislator further noted.

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