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GCC Ministers of Health investigate cardiovascular diseases
27 January 2008
The GCC Ministers of Health shall discuss in their 64th meeting, which will be held in Riyadh on 27th and 28th Muharram 1429, the ways of combating cardiovascular diseases and promoting heart health. The conference is holding its meetings under the motto (Heart First).
Within this framework, and in line with MOH eagerness to prevent heart diseases, the Minister of Health Dr. Hamad bin Abdullah Al-Mane has formed a Central Committee for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation under the chairmanship of Dr. Abdul Majeed bin Sulaiman Khan. The Committee is entitled to study the situation of cardiopulmonary resuscitation and formulate a training program for it within MOH hospitals.
"The Committee has been able to increase cardiopulmonary resuscitation centers from six centers to 21 centers distributed throughout the different parts of the Kingdom", said Dr. Khan. "Those centers aim at providing specialized training to technicians, physicians, and community members in the field of cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The training program, each of which lasts for two or three days, includes university, medical, health colleges, and high school students".
He said the Minister of Health has assigned the committee to undertake a number of duties, including conducting studies on establishment of specialized centers for cardiopulmonary resuscitation within some major MOH hospitals, providing specialized staff for carrying out cardiopulmonary resuscitation training works in coordination with relative MOH and other bodies, and activating the role of present centers for attaining the best services at all MOH facilities. "The Sacred Capital center for cardiopulmonary resuscitation has been selected as a reference center for the Ministry of Health", he said. "It will be technically linked with the MOH General Directorate of Training and Scholarship and supervised by the Central Committee for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation".
He said the committee has signed a contract with the Saudi Heart Society, whereby 12000 technicians and physicians have been trained on cardiopulmonary resuscitation during the past two years.
According to Dr. Khan 6700 physicians have trained on cardiopulmonary resuscitation in 1427 and 5000 physicians in 1428. Moreover, 150 physicians have been trained on advanced cardiopulmonary resuscitation, whereas 100 physicians and technicians have been trained on disaster management and 1000 physicians and technicians on dealing with emergency cases within the 1428 Hajj program in Mekkha Al-Mukarramah and Al-Madinah Al-Manawarah.  

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