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McMullan welcomes commitment on defibrillator training

19 March, 2015 - by Oliver McMullan

Sinn Féin MLA Oliver McMullan has welcomed a commitment from Education Minister John O'Dowd to work with the health department on a strategy to train pupils in the use of defibrillators. 

The East Antrim MLA said; 

"I have been campaigning to have life saving defibrillators in as many locations as possible, including schools, sports clubs and community facilities. 

"As well as having the defibrillators in place, it is vitally important that people know how to use them to save lives in the case of an emergency. 

"I asked Education Minister John O'Dowd what training is in schools to deal with cardiopulmonary resuscitation and peripheral artery disease awareness. 

"John O'Dowd responded to say he will be working with the Department of Health to take forward the implementation of the Community Resuscitation Strategy and this will include the use of CPR training resources. 

"I welcome the minister's response look forward to the roll out of this training so that more lives can be saved in the future." 

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