Thiruvananthapuram:On Saturday, the Kerala government emphasised the importance of ensuring that basic first-aid kits, such as automated external defibrillators (AEDs), are kept on hand in all gymnasiums, indoor stadiums, and courts throughout the state.
State Transport Minister Antony Raju, speaking at the Royal Badminton Court to inaugurate a first-aid training programme, said he will convey the message to the state government and speak with Kerala Sports Minister V. Abdurehaman to see that it is implemented.
"On Friday, we learned of the tragic death of Kannada actor Puneeth Rajkumar, who was said to have felt uneasy while working out in a gym. It's possible that his life could have been saved. We don't want any of our state's athletes to suffer because basic first-aid equipment isn't readily available in our indoor courts and gymnasiums. I'll bring this up with the relevant departments and the state government to see that it's made a requirement "Raju stated.
Under the auspices of NIMS Medi City, a premier medical facility in the capital city, a live demonstration was held at the court. The director of NIMS Medi City, Faizal Khan, stated that his hospital is willing to provide free training in basic first aid to representatives from various organisations.