After 2 Sundays of full day training, I pass my Basic First Aid Test and become a member of MacPherson Garden Estate Emergency Rescue Team.
This activity was fully funded by People’s Association, thanks to the grass-root volunteers at my neighbourhood who organized it. We learnt the essential skills of First Aid, CPR and common emergencies and the correct management.
Our instructor, Bernard Koh said I did the CPR test well, probably because of my build & correct technique. It motivates me to pursue specialised CPR course. Bernard also talked about the benefits of blood-donation, health benefits to the donor, metabolism. Coincidentally, few days after my first lesson, my husband Goh suggested going for a blood donation after he received sms appealing for A+ blood, not his first time. I never get this type of sms before, my blood type is B+. Nevertheless I had my 8th blood donation on 5 September 2009 at HSA with Goh. I didn’t do for the past one year. I felt good to be able to save someone’s life. My health is good that’s why I can do it.
- Only 30,000 Singaporeans know how to administer CPR.
- In Singapore, only 2.7% or about 3 in 100 sudden cardiac arrest victims survive when they collapse in public places. This compares to the 40% survival rate in places like Seattle in the US and Gottenburg in Sweden.