PASACAO, Camarines Sur, Mar. 13 (PIA) – More than a thousand tourism stakeholders, Barangay Health Workers (BHWs), security, rescue and emergency response units, including personnel of this coastal town, constituents, lay residents of Naga and this municipality and partners are now certified life savers.
This after the two-day hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training held over the weekend at the beach fronts of Balogo and Caranan, both in Pasacao through the Philippine Heart Association (PHA), Inc., Philippine College of Cardiology Council on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and LGU Pasacao.
Dubbed “CPR on Wheels and wings”, the activity endeavors to equip everyone with the CPR-know-how which is vital in saving the lives of patients especially those residing in far flung areas or spending their vacations in some tourist destinations – both of which, most often than not are far from health clinics or medical facilities.
That is the reason why PHA Bicol Chapter President Dr. Maribel Gutierrez- Cayetano led fellow PHA members - Drs. Narcissa Bonacua, Josephine Recierdo, Russel Reyes, Thad Ciocson, Jerusa Barce-Manaog and Delfin Marion in Pasacao to realize the PHA’s vision of a CPR ready Philippines.
“There are emergencies which could be attended at once by the immediate members of the family, by members of community while waiting for the proper medical attention. We don’t need a doctor to do that. We can help save lives in time, if we know how to conduct CPR,” Cayetano said in an interview.
Philippine Heart Association (PHA) National President Dr. Raul Lapitan added that there could never be a better time to heighten CPR awareness and conduct a series of CPR trainings, amid reports of on-the- rise sudden cardiac arrest and drowning cases that had not been attended to.
“Seventy percent of cardiac arrest cases happen outside of the hospital and the witness tend to be the bystander has no knowledge of CPR. It is officially summer,” Lapitan reminded everyone.
Pasacao Mayor Niño Tayco expressed his gratitude to all the stakeholders, especially PHA for choosing Pasacao as the venue of CPR on Wheels and Winds first leg in Bicol.
“I cannot thank PHA enough for picking Pasacao among the 37 municipalities here in Bicol as one of its priority training venues. This will help a lot of my constituents here, particularly the beach owners since summer season is fast approaching. I am also grateful that more or less ¼ of the participants here are children,” Tayco said in an interview.
PHA spokesperson Gynna P. Gagelonia said that they have already conducted the said trainings in the municipalities of Cagayan de Oro and Gingoon in Misamis Oriental, Davao City, the Cities of Maasin and Tacloban in Leyte and Ormoc City in Southern Leyte, various districts in Iloilo City and the island of Boracay which was the pilot site.
The activity was also in partnership with Philippine Red Cross (PRC)-Camarines Sur Chapter, Bicol Sanitarium, Bicol Medical Center (BMC), Getz Pharma Phils, Inc., DOH-HEMS, American Heart Association, and Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Council and Municipal tourism office. (MAL/LSM-PIA5/Camarines Sur)