IPOH: The Health Ministry will hold discussions with the Education Ministry on teaching students how to use automated external defibrillators (AED).
Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye (pic) said it was important for more Malaysians to know how to use the life-saving devices and it should be taught to secondary school students.
"We believe that Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and AED operating programmes should be taught to the youth in secondary schools.
"If every Malaysian leaving school is equipped with life saving skills, we would have a large pool of CPR providers," he told reporters after attending Perak AED Save-a-life programme here Sunday (Nov 24).
"We will soon discuss it in detail with the Education Ministry," he added.
Dr Lee said some 18,000 Malaysians died from coronary diseases in 2018 alone, and it was the number one killer in the country.
"This is equivalent to about 50 deaths daily and the number continues to rise every year.
"One of the main death causes is cardiac arrest, so it is crucial to have more people who can operate an AED in emergencies," he said.
He also said Perak was the fourth state after Penang, Kedah and Sabah to have AEDs placed in its cities.
"Ipoh currently has four AEDs placed at Sultan Abdul Aziz Recreation Park, D.R. Seenivasagam Park, Tuanku Zara Aquatic Centre and Ipoh Padang.
"We are planning to add six more AEDs in public areas and are currently awaiting for the approval of authorities," he added.
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