Environment & Health

Importance of CPR In an Emergency Situation: Nigeria as a Case Study

Dear Sir,

The Guardian publication of February 15, 2016 titled: “Valentine Tragedy: Assistant Commissioner of Police dies in Lagos Hotel” is a wakeup call to all Nigerians to learn the simple procedure in using Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to save lives.

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Image: MySafetySign

There is an urgent need to begin mass mobilization and trainings in the application of First aid in Nigeria during emergency situation. Every employee in Nigeria must be certificated on CPR to save more lives. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is important whenever tragedy of this magnitude occurs in Nigeria or elsewhere.

According to Mayo clinic, “Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a lifesaving technique useful in many emergencies, including heart attack or near drowning, in which someone’s breathing or heartbeat has stopped”.

According to Wikipedia on CPR, “Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, commonly known as CPR, is an emergency procedure performed in an effort to manually preserve intact brain function until further measures are taken to restore spontaneous blood circulation and breathing in a person who is in cardiac arrest”.

Mr. Osung Ekpo, an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) mysterious death was an avoidable incident, but unfortunately, Nigerians are still nonchalant to take good control of little things that matter concerning their health and lives.

Our people died from so many avoidable deaths. We wail ignorantly with no clue on how to apply First aid in an emergency situation. Sadly, we have lost another resource from our Law enforcement agency in Nigeria. May his soul rest in peace.

It is imperative on the companies, government parastatals and other stakeholders to make it mandatory for everyone to get frequent trainings on how to apply (CPR) to the victims of heart failures, or in an emergency situation.

It important for all compatriots and for whoever comes across this piece to save a life by sharing this important message with their families, loved ones, friends and the general public. It may save a life today.

Folks, First aid is a life safer any day.

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