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Request to Health and HRD Ministry Of India Regarding CPR and First Aid Training

Dear Health and HRD Minister,

Apologies if I opted an incorrect channel or addressing both the departments at same time but as per my understanding this effort requires coordinated effort on multiple accounts.

My family was recently involved in saving two accident victims  and we got outstanding word of encouragement from general public and hopefully have inspired many to come forward and help accident victims. The narrative of our effort is outlined below. This post has more than 3500 shares and approx 10,000 so we can understand the impact of this message. At the same time, I equally worried on appropriate procedure not being followed while helping accidents victims.

“While coming back from Delhi yesterday around 1 A.M, Shaily and I saw a girl and a boy lying on street, they had met an accident near Thyagraj Stadium. I stopped immediately to take a look, the accident must have happened just 2-3 min ago, they were on bike in all probability it was over speeding and yes no helmet. Their clothes were also casual so it was fatal joy ride for young lads.

While we stopped, a local boy was making call to 100 and telling about the exact location, both of them were bleeding heavily and unable to speak. More people stopped and more ideas started coming in, still no sight of PCR or Ambulance and I personally wasn’t able to decide on how to help. I am not trained in paramedics and I am told it’s not advised to lift or touch accident victims, you never know which part of body is really injured, and you may end of escalating things.

With still no sight of police and ambulance, I took a decision of taking them to hospital. My assessment, they were out of danger but bleeding heavily, boy was completely unconscious and girl started to point finger towards her rib, Shaily tried to understand that and we realized the ribs had broken and it was popping out.

Without thinking much now, I asked people to help me and got the boy in my car and started looking for someone else to get the girl, NO ONE …ultimately got both of them in the car. A young lad helped me out of this and brought water bottles.

My destination was AIIMS TRAUMA Center and I had no clue where it’s, rushed to main AIISMS hospital first and was guided further. Near Safdurjang hospital, spoke to PCR and they were quick. The drove in front us with all lights on so that we get clear passage. Reached AIIMS around 1:30, with the help of staff got them inside. Few little hiccup inside but really happy with how Trauma Center staff reacted when I told them I don’t know these individuals. They started treating and I was simply asked to complete the registration formality. In the process, several people including police man told me, you did good and nothing to worry, and it was up to me if I wanted to give information. I simply got them registered and gave it to doctors, they happily asked me to leave. The last I heard, girl had spoken, her name was Sandhaya. While I was dealing with this Shaily and Shaurya were waiting patiently outside hospital, we reached home around 3 A.M.

Sharing this as I want people to know, helping accident victims is not a problem, hospitals & policemen will help you ease the process and will appreciate your work. “

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While I take pride in what my effort and truly overwhelmed by support, I was equally worried about the overall situation on lack of training which I expressed in my note as well. Its also alarming that common notion people have in India around helping accident victims and that may be because of multiple and few out of control.
A report published in TOI indicates ” Ninety-three percent of people are reluctant to help an accident victim due to the fear of ‘legal hassles’, found a survey conducted across Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata and Ahmedabad.
Through this request I would request intervention from both the departments on several aspects. My point by point suggestions are listed below.
  • Better communication to citizens  around helping accident victims is not an hassle, probably government should publicize Do’s/Dont’s in public forum, streets and every where possible.
  • We should do a formal training on CPR and First Aid, make id mandatory learning session for students in 10th Grade and above
  • Why cant we have learning module by GOI on First Aids, probably cover the basics of Paramedics.
The list can notched up by many other points but I would like to stick to the basics and core. Awaiting your positive response. I am not qualified enough to suggest a policy framework but confident enough that we have the right set of people to take it forward.
Thanks you,
Sincere Citizen Of India
Manish Singh
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