Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has directed the launch of a national initiative of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training throughout the country in order to save lives where immediate health facilities were not available.

The prime minister’s decision, aimed at improving the health sector, comes after a heart-warming video of a doctor couple giving CPR treatment to a drowning boy went viral on social media.

PM Shehbaz has issued directions to PM’s Strategic Reforms to immediately launch the initiative, Strategic Reforms Head Salman Sufi said in a press statement on Sunday.

He further 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 choking 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 a health reforms programme at the national level and the CPR training campaign to save lives was the first phase of this reforms agenda.

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