PENANG now has a total of 68 AEDs (automated external defibrillator) to aid rescue efforts for heart attack victims.
Two new AEDs were made available following an allocation of RM15,000 from Sungai Pinang assemblyman Lim Siew Khim.
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, who was present during the launching ceremony, said Penang was the first state to instal AEDs at public places.
“This initiative was launched in 2015 and we have AEDs at selected places.
“So far, they have helped save four lives and now, we are getting our 67th and 68th machines, ” he said.
One of the machines will be installed at Taman Bukit Dumbar while the second one will be passed to the Sungai Pinang Village Community Management Council’s Civil Defence Emergency Response Team (CDERT).
“We hope these machines will be useful during emergency situations.
“We also hope more people will continue to organise and participate in awareness and training programmes involving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and AED machine use.
“It is not easy for us to instal AED machines at every place in the state.
“Even if we have placed AEDs at public areas, it does not mean that victims are completely safe.
“The best thing for us to do is to practise a healthy lifestyle, ” he said.
He also urged families to invest in blood pressure monitors.
“These can also help provide indicators on one’s cholesterol levels.
“According to health experts however, only 40% of heart attacks occur due to high cholesterol.
“The rest are due to stress and pressure.
“As such, a good and healthy lifestyle is very important, including control of all the things we eat and drink, ” added Chow.