AVID hikers and the public grabbed the chance to learn how to perform CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and use an AED (automated external defibrillator) in case of an emergency during a programme at the Bukit Jambul hiking trail in Penang.
Among them was hiker Yim Tee Lau, 71, who said it was his first time performing CPR.
“It is not that difficult. I want to learn the skill so I can help others in case of any emergency, ” he said.
When the conditional MCO came into force on May 4 and allowed small groups to enjoy outdoor activities again, some cyclists and hikers got sudden cardiac arrest due to the exertion after two months of inactivity.
Penang Community Policing Charity Team chairman Lim Teik Aun said his team introduced the programme with the public sponsoring AEDs to be placed at hiking trails.
“We hope that after this training session, the public will be able to use the AED in case of an emergency, ” he said during the ‘How to Use AED and Demonstration of the Correct First Aid Method of CPR’ programme at the Bukit Jambul hiking trail.
“We hope that we can set up an AED at every hiking trail with rest stops in Penang.
“There was one incident where there was an AED at the scene but the people did not know how to use it and this defeated the purpose of having an AED there.
“We hope that through the training, we can encourage the public to use and operate AEDs confidently, ” he said.
Anyone or any organisations wishing to donate AEDs to be installed at hiking trails in Penang can call Lim at 012-473 3272.