Kerala considers making first aid kits mandatory in gyms, indoor courts

Thiruvananthapuram: In view of the corona pandemic, the Kerala government on Saturday considered all gyms, indoor stadiums, courts across the state to ensure that basic first aid kits, such as automatic external defibrillators (AEDs), are put to use.

Speaking at the inauguration of the First Aid Training Program at the Royal Badminton Court, State Transport Minister Antony Raju said he would take the message of ensuring this to the state government and speak to Kerala Sports Minister V. Abdurehman.

Raju said, “We came to know about the sad demise of Kannada actor Puneeth Rajkumar on Friday and were told that he felt uneasy while doing the gym. Maybe his life could have been saved. We don’t want any sportspersons to suffer in our state, because basic first aid equipment is not for use on our indoor courts and gyms. I will take up this issue with the concerned departments and the state government, so that it has been made mandatory.

The live performance held in the court was held at NIMS Medi City, a premier medical facility in the capital city.

Head of NIMS Medi City Faizal Khan said that his hospital is ready to provide free training in basic first aid facility to the representatives of various organizations.

Khan further said, we only need one day training for common man in basic first aid. We already have such programs and now with the sad news of actor Puneet Rajkumar passing away, we have decided to take up this basic first aid training program in a big way. We will give free kits and certificates to all those who undergo the training programme. The basic training program will be given by experts in this field and those who are trained can go back and share it with others.

Aditya Verma, a descendant of the former Travancore family (who own the Royal Badminton Court), announced that he will ensure that all basic first aid kits are available on his court.

Verma said, I lost my father in a road accident in Kollam district 14 years ago. He was brought to the hospital late after the accident. Perhaps, if the people who took him to the hospital had some knowledge of basic first aid, his life could have been saved and now with the sudden demise of the Kannada actor, I will play the role of taking forward the need to impart basic first aid training.

There is no need to be a doctor or nurse to provide basic first aid, said Harris, senior cardiac anesthetist and cardiac surgeon Asher of NIMS Medi City, (who performed live).

Medical professionals said, there is a need to know the basics of providing first aid. One just needs to follow the procedures that sound as if, precious lives can be saved.

NIMS Medi City said that they will start this program on December 30.

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