Learning CPR is the need of the hour

Youth festival held at Delhi’s Zakir Hussain College highlighted the importance of CPR technique


  • A survey conducted by an online doctor consultation platform indicates that about 98% of the country’s population is not trained in the basic life-saving technique of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).
  • CPR is the most crucial and basic procedure to save a life in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest.
  • Padma Shri Awardee Dr K K Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) and Immediate Past National President Indian Medical Association (IMA),gave a comprehensive talk at the Youth Festival held in Zakir Hussain College, New Delhi.
  • CPR 10 is easy to learn and easy to do and one does not need to be a doctor or be certified in this technique to do CPR.

Dr K K Aggarwal, who is a Gold Medallist and Limca Book of record holder in CPR 10 said, “Zakir Hussain College should aim to become the first college in the city with 100% CPR training of all the students. Learning this technique amounts to real voluntary work as doctors may not be able to reach the victim within the first 10 minutes.  Therefore, it becomes the duty and responsibility of bystanders to save lives. All students under the banner of NSS should also learn CPR.”

Dr Virendra Mishra, Director, Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan said, “The two pillars of community service include meaningful engagement and mindful participation. Learning the basics of CPR is community service at its best as it can help avert mortality through timely assistance, before medical help arrives.”