Worshippers at the Havering Islamic Cultural Centre (HICC) in Romford, London, on Saturday, were trained on CPR techniques. The Lifesaver training which was provided by the British Heart Foundation in partnership with the British Islamic Medical Association (BIMA) gave participants an insight into how CPR works and what to do in times of emergency.
Dr Javed Akhtar, a member of the HICC and one of the coordinators of the training said, too many a time Muslims overlook the importance of CPR and other basic useful medical resources that save lives. “We have lost members of our community because people are helpless and didn’t know what to do,” he said.
He pointed out that having basic CPR knowledge would probably have saved their lives and stressed the importance of learning these skills “as you never know when they will be needed,” he added.
The training was held at the HICC premises. Participants were shown and also demonstrated the practical techniques used in giving CPR before emergency help arrives.
Dr Muhammad Wajid Akhtar of the British Islamic Medical Council, said participants would learn the basics of how to do life support. “If someone’s heart has stopped or someone is choking or is unconscious, they will know the first steps of what to do,” he added.
He said he hoped that BIMA would organise more training exercises like smoking, diabetes, strokes etc to strengthen the Muslim community’s awareness of these issues.
Also speaking was Dr Muhammad Majid Akhtar, one of the trainers at the event. He highlighted the importance of the training and said: “The purpose of the training is to establish among the general community as well as the Muslim community, an awareness of people who are unwell and able to do something immediately.
“We know that when people are particularly unwell or have cardiac arrest outside hospital, there is a chance that people around or the community can change the outcome of this,” he added.
Dr Majid Akhtar further stated that: “We found out that with the muslim community, it is a very difficult group to always have access to because of their socio-economic, language barriers and so forth. And with those barriers they have less access to healthcare resources. So this is a great way of going into the community to getting people to help them.”
Participants at the training welcomed the initiative and underscored the benefits of the training.
Abdul Malick Macauley expressed his appreciation to the organisers for providing the training. “It’s a great opportunity that could help save lives,” he said.
Mohamed Mohamed another participant, said: “The training went well. We learn quite few important skills that can save lives and now I can take this training to anywhere. I don’t need dummies or anything. I can also show other people how to do it and I am confident I will be able to apply it when the time comes.”
By Muritala Bakare