Kongsi’s vital lifesaving move

A Civil Defence Emergency Response Team member demonstrating how to perform CPR and use the AED during the installation of the device. — Photos:­ CHAN BOON KAI/The Star

THE Seh Tek Tong Cheah Kongsi in Armenian Street, Penang, has taken the initiative to instal an automated external defibrillator (AED) device for public use.

The device is attached on the wall outside the Interpretation Centre next to the main building.

Seh Tek Tong Cheah Kongsi board of trustees chairman Alan Cheah Teik Cheng said fellow trustee members felt there was a need for the device.

“Cardiac arrest can happen to people of all ages so we need to be prepared. This includes knowledge of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), ” he said.

The clan house, which is celebrating its 210th anniversary this year, has about 600 clansmen with 40% of them being senior citizens.

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow who launched the device installation, commended the clan house for being the first in the heritage vicinity to instal an AED for public use.

“It is important that we are well-trained to use it, ” he said.

“Penang started the Heart Safe Programme in 2015 and has since provided multiple training sessions on CPR and using AED machines.

“The knowledge can be used to help a sudden cardiac arrest victim while awaiting the arrival of proper medical attention.”

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