Traffic cops to be trained in saving lives

The training will help them learn special skills required to deal with emergencies faced by road accident victims.

Skills to perform Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) through chest compressions, maintaining the victims’ breathing by providing appropriate rescue breaths and relieving choking can help save many lives.

All the 3,000 traffic police personnel will be trained by qualified doctors with the use of videos, practice demos and presentations over a period of time.

M A Saleem, Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic), who inaugurated the programme here on Sunday, said that it was very important for traffic policemen to be familiar with life-support techniques.

“The traffic policeman is generally the first person to reach a road accident spot. One of his/her important responsibilities is to provide medical aid to the accident victim by the quickest means. It involves providing first aid and shifting the patient to the hospital,” Saleem said.

The senior officer admitted that often the traffic policeman was not sufficiently trained to handle medical emergencies. The training will be imparted by doctors of BGS Global Hospitals.

The hospital will provide free first-aid kits to be placed in all traffic police jeeps and about 1,000 autorickshaws in zones specified by the traffic police. Gradually, other autos will also be provided with the kits.

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