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The above poll is based on the page A4 re­port, ‘Hun­dreds of pas­sen­gers com­plete first-aid train­ing course at air­port’, pub­lished in the Nation section of Gulf News on Septem­ber 15.

If an ac­ci­dent hap­pens in the work­place, in your home or in a pub­lic space, be­ing a help­less wit­ness to an emer­gency sit­u­a­tion can po­ten­tially worsen the case. A ba­sic knowl­edge of first aid is im­por­tant. In yes­ter­day’s poll, we asked Gulf News read­ers if they have un­der­taken first aid train­ing. A ma­jor­ity 68 per cent of the re­spon­dents voted ‘no’.

Ac­cord­ing to Mariam Khamis Oufi, head of the com­mu­nity aware­ness section at the Dubai Cor­po­ra­tion for Am­bu­lance Ser­vices (DCAS), there is a lack of aware­ness among the com­mu­nity on how to re­act to med­i­cal emer­gen­cies “Many pas­sen­gers, for ex­am­ple, do not know what to do when they see some­one hav­ing a car­diac ar­rest, heart at­tack, asthma at­tack or a seizure. They need to stay with the pa­tient and im­me­di­ately con­tact 999.”

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