Basic life support skills training would be made mandatory for students of the Khyber Medical University, says Vice Chancellor Professor Mohammad Hafizullah.
He was speaking at a daylong workshop on skill development and capacity building for basic life support at the Institute of Paramedical Sciences (IPMS) in Hayatabad here on Friday. The event was organised in collaboration with the cardiology department of Lady Reading Hospital, according to a press release.
“A person trained in basic life support can save many lives on the spot in case of emergency as time is very important to give first aid to the victims at the earliest,” said Dr Hafizullah. In near future, he said the course would be made mandatory for the third and fourth year students of KMU.
Dr Hafizullah said that the basic purpose of the workshop was the training of the master trainers to enable them to train the students of their respective institutes.
“IPMS has been providing four year BS programme in 10 different disciplines and after completion of four year theory and practical courses the IPMS students will be required to go through a one year internship programme at different teaching hospitals,” he added.
Dr Hafizullah maintained that after completion of their courses the IPMS graduates would not only be able to seek respectable jobs, they would also help ensure better and quality healthcare in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
At the concluding session, KMU director admission and academic, Professor Shad Mohammad, expressed hope that the workshop would have far-reaching effects on emergency healthcare delivery in the province.
IPMS consultant Lt-Col retired Javed Khan was also in attendance. Certificates were also distributed to facilitators and participants of the workshop.