….17.7 mil people die from CVDs
The Deputy Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Mrs Gifty Twum Ampofo has encouraged employers to give their staff cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training to increase productivity and also save lives of their employees.
CPR is a basic lifesaving technique which can be initiated by any individual during emergency cases including heart attack or near drowning.
According to the World Health Organization, cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are the number one cause of death globally.
An estimated 17.7 million people died from CVDs in 2015, representing 31 percent of all global deaths. Of these deaths, an estimated 7.4 million were due to coronary heart diseases while 6.7 million were due to stroke.
This is triggered, among other things, by physical inactivity and smoking, which are predominant among modern day workers who prefer to drive their cars, use the elevator and sit in the air-condition for hours to complete a days job.
Speaking to Goldstreet Business at the launch of the Heart One Institute in Accra, Twum Ampofo encouraged employees in the corporate world to ensure that their staff members receive the basic training in CPR to deal with emergencies.
She added that “a lot of people die just because their breath ceases and there is no one to help them regain their breath. There is going to be a CPR regular education, which is going to educate almost everybody to make sure that we are always in the position to assist people when they need that kind of help.”
Although basic in developed countries, most Ghanaian do not have an idea as to what to do when someone collapses.
Twum Ampofo therefore bemoaned the lack of equipment for the training of CPR in basic and secondary schools despite it being part of the curriculum.
Heart One Institute is seeking to train 1000 people in CPR by the end of 2018.
Chief Executive Officer of the Institute, Kwame Danquah said the establishment of the facility affirms his commitment towards saving lives.
“The whole motive is about saving lives, people are dying from heart diseases so I saw it expedient to set up this institute to train people in Ghana. People are so ignorant of what to do when someone collapses, so we need civic education on that. It is not common here but common elsewhere,” he explained.
The institute, which has already began operation, is open to training all and sundry, including nurses, bankers and security bodies.
By Nana Oye Ankrah