ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has directed the launch of a national initiative of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training throughout the country.

In this connection, the prime minister has issued directives to PM’s Strategic Reforms to immediately launch the initiative.

Head of PM’s Strategic Reforms Salman Sufi informed that a comprehensive strategy would be announced next week. He said that CPR had saved countless lives around the world at places where immediate medical assistance was limited.

CPR is a lifesaving technique helpful in different emergencies, such as in case of a heart attack or near drowning, leading to chocking of someone’s breathing or heartbeat.

Sufi said the CPR training to save lives would be made a part of the educational curriculum, whereas, each citizen would be imparted training under the drive.

Prime Minister Sharif had ensured meritocracy in the health sector, provision of quality education of international standards and construction of health facilities in Punjab province, he added.

After assuming the office of prime minister, Sufi said, Shehbaz Sharif was launching health reforms programme at the national level and the CPR training campaign to save lives was the first phase of this reforms agenda.