Team to cre­ate world of ‘ life­savers’

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By HUA SHENGDUN and DONG LESHUO in Washington

More peo­ple in China are to be trained in a life­sav­ing re­sus­ci­ta­tion pro­ce­dure used to deal with car­diac ar­rest fol­low­ing the sign­ing of an agree­ment with the United States in Washington on Tues­day.

The mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing be­tween the Min­istry of Science and Tech­nol­ogy and the Amer­i­can Heart As­so­ci­a­tion cov­ers three ar­eas of co­op­er­a­tion: shar­ing car­dio­vas­cu­lar science, in­creas­ing physi­cian-ex­change op­por­tu­ni­ties and boost­ing car­diopul­monary re­sus­ci­ta­tion train­ing and aware­ness in China.

“Health is one of the eter­nal pur­suits of mankind,” said VicePremier Liu Yan­dong. “As the No 1 killer for hu­man health, car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­eases take over 17 mil­lion lives each year glob­ally. Both China and the US are coun­tries with high in­ci­dences of car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease.”

The in­ci­dence of non­com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases such as car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease, di­a­betes and can­cer has seen a strik­ing in­crease, said Wang Zhigang, vice-min­is­ter of science and tech­nol­ogy.

“The gen­eral public in China does not have suf­fi­cient knowl­edge about the preven­tion and emer­gency treat­ment of car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­eases,” Wang said. “CPR equip­ment is rarely pro­vided in public spa­ces.

“China has a lot of room for im­prove­ment in these as­pects, and there is great po­ten­tial for col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween China and the US.”

Dou­glas Boyle, in­ter­na­tional com­mit­tee chair­man of the heart as­so­ci­a­tion, said, “We be­lieve to­gether we can cre­ate a world of ‘ life­savers’, a world where ev­ery­one can live a health­ier and longer life.

“This mem­o­ran­dum al­lows us to work at a much higher level, with much more sup­port and fo­cus. This al­lows us to en­gage across the whole coun­try. I think it re­ally al­lows us to take the suc­cess we’ve had, and triple it, or quadru­ple it.”

A re­port from the World Eco­nomic Fo­rum and the Har­vard School of Public Health es­ti­mated that the to­tal global cost of car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease will top $1 tril­lion in 2025.

“This loss im­pacts fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties, and the eco­nomic bur­den it presents im­pacts en­tire healthcare sys­tems and coun­tries,” Boyle said.

CPR is a life­sav­ing tech­nique used in many emer­gen­cies, when a per­son’s breath­ing or heart­beat has stopped. Liu Jingyang in Washington con­trib­uted to this story. Con­tact the writ­ers through leshuodong@chi­nadai­lyusa. com

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