More people should be trained in first aid

With global terrorism spreading, it is getting more and more important for people in Singapore to be prepared for a terror attack.

The report (First woman held under ISA for pro-ISIS activities; June 13) is the latest reminder on the need for us to do this.

Given the potential damage and strain a terror attack could have on public resources and medical teams, it makes sense for more people to be trained in first aid and basic medical care.

One way to do this is to make it mandatory for our secondary and tertiary students to learn the basics of rendering first aid.

In addition, the Government could promote the need to be trained in first aid to organisations in the public and private sectors.

Having more people trained in first aid will have an impact on how quickly injured people can get help. This could improve their chances of survival.

Lim Wan Keng (Ms)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 14, 2017, with the headline 'More people should be trained in first aid'. Print Edition | Subscribe