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Train More, Save More Lives: Elijeko Foundation Hosts CPR Training Program for Healthcare Professionals

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Mr. Andrews Kwabena Nyantakyi, Founder and CEO of the Elijeko Foundation, has emphasized the need for Ghanaians to prioritize regular health check-ups as a means of ensuring healthy and safe bodies. Speaking at a two-day Basic Life Support (BLS)/Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training programme for healthcare professionals in Greater Accra and the Ashanti Regions, Mr. Nyantakyi noted that it was crucial for individuals to check their systems regularly and know themselves in order to prevent incidents of cardiac arrest.

The training programme was organized in partnership with Conexus Medstaff in the USA and Ghana’s National Blood Service as part of activities marking the annual Nurses Month celebration. The event formed part of the Foundation’s objective of promoting community-based health education by working with healthcare providers to create a platform that encourages dialogue on preventative health education to save lives.

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Mr. Nyantakyi emphasized that cardiac arrest was a dangerous condition that could happen to anyone regardless of age, and called for heightened awareness among the general public to ensure prompt and effective response in the event of an emergency. He noted that cardiovascular diseases were the leading cause of death globally, with an estimated 17.9 million deaths from CVDs occurring in 2019, and 85% of these deaths due to heart attack and stroke.

The Foundation’s Bystander CPR Initiative was singled out as an important tool in the fight against cardiac arrest. Mr. Nyantakyi explained that early CPR with an emphasis on chest compressions could keep blood flowing when the heart stops pumping, increasing the chance of survival and buying the person more time. He added that educating Ghanaians to recognize cardiac arrest early and activate the emergency response system was crucial in preventing unnecessary deaths.

Participants at the training programme were taken through a detailed step-by-step approach outlined in BLS/CPR to save lives or prevent untimely deaths. Madam Kate Sonne of Clinical Services Department at the National Blood Service noted that voluntary blood donation was critical to their operations and encouraged people to donate blood regularly. She explained that as nurses, it was important to encourage people to donate blood as it could be critical in saving lives.

For the most part, the training was seen as invaluable by participants, who believed that it would go a long way in helping them provide efficient and effective emergency care to patients. The Elijeko Foundation has served over 140,000 beneficiaries since its inception and is committed to expanding its programmes to rural and remote communities without access to quality healthcare services.

In a nutshell, the need for regular health check-ups cannot be overemphasized in preventing cardiac arrest. The Elijeko Foundation’s Bystander CPR Initiative is a vital tool in promoting prompt and effective response in the event of an emergency, and the Foundation’s commitment to community-based health education is commendable. It is important for individuals to be aware of the causes of cardiac arrest and to take proactive steps to prevent it.

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