WITH hiking gaining popularity over the past year, five Penang Island city councillors decided to pool together their allocations to purchase two automated external defibrillators (AED) and a mobile training cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) set with mannequin worth about RM23,000 for the Penang Community Policing Charity Team.
The councillors comprising Wong Yuee Harng, Tan Soo Siang, Alan Lim, Lee Wei Seang and Quah Boon Lim together with the charity also organised a “How to Use the AED and CPR” demonstration at the foot of Bukit Hijau, a popular hiking spot, in Cangkat Tembaga on Saturday.
Wong said one of the AEDs will be placed along Bukit Hijau hiking trail in the event a hiker needs to have his heart re-established after suffering a sudden cardiac arrest.
“This AED is latest in the market and has voice instruction on how to use it. We want to create awareness on how to use the AED and also conduct CPR.
“Three deaths while hiking were recently reported, so such awareness is needed, ” he told reporters before the start of the demonstration.
Also present was Penang Community Policing Charity Team (Ayer Itam) chairman Lim Teik Aun who said his team, with eight certified CPR trainers, will conduct more such demonstrations for hikers over the next few months.
“The latest demonstration is the second organised by the team. The first was at the Bukit Jambul hiking trail on Oct 4.
“I’ve also written to state welfare committee chairman Phee Boon Poh about having an AED at the Ayer Itam Dam, another popular hiking spot, which is under the Penang Water Supply Corporation (PBAPP), and I was informed that they have agreed in principle, ” he said.
Teik Aun urged private companies to come forward and sponsor AEDs, so that more can be placed along popular hiking trails in Penang.
More than 50 people, including some 20 hikers and the five councillors, were present at the demonstration.
Some of them were allowed to conduct CPR on the mannequin, so that they know what to do in the event someone’s heart stops.
They were taught the pressure to use when the victim is a baby (two fingers to pump the chest), a child (one hand) or an adult (both hands).
Retiree A.B. Ng, 65, a regular Bukit Hijau hiker, said he was glad to have attended the demonstration as he now knows “more or less” what to do when someone suffers a heart attack or stops breathing.