4500 School students trained in Basic Life Support (BLS) from training conducted by experts from S.L Raheja Hospital – A Fortis Associate
On the eve of World Heart Day today, S.L. Raheja Hospital – A Fortis Associate concluded its month-long initiative to empower the youth by imparting Basic Life Support (BLS) training at schools and colleges in Mumbai. The first leg of the initiative was conducted at St. Xavier’s College, which drew participation from over 400 college-goers. Students from Shardashram School and Antoni DaSilva High School, Dadar made for leg two of the initiative. A slogan competition was also conducted on the premises; it was based on the World Heart Day Theme which is ‘Small changes can make a powerful difference’ – highlighting that each individual, irrespective of his age, can made a difference.
The BLS training was conducted at Shardashram School and Antonio DaSilva High School, Dadar between 21st and 27th September, 2017. As many as 4000 students from class 8th, 9th and 10th classes participated in this exercise. Over 100 students from each of these schools also participated in the slogan competition.
Speaking about the initiative, Dr Bipin Chevale, Zonal Director, S. L Raheja Hospital – A Fortis Associate said, “It is heartening to see so many children, who will become responsible adults, participate with such enthusiasm. Our initiative has helped us successfully engage with the youth to empower them to administer Basic Life Support. This will help them tackle primary medical emergencies till medical aid arrives. We must applaud the effort taken by the schools and the college, and look forward to conduct more such activities that will help us engage with the students.”
Commemorating the initiative, Principal of Antonio DaSilva High School, Mrs. Susan Gomes, said, “The session on BLS training has indeed made an impact on our students and we are proud that over 4,000 participated in this initiative. We appreciate and thank the medical staff for equipping them with basics to help tackle emergencies. The students have certainly taken home with them a lot of medical knowledge and can now implement them, in times of need.”