Hon. Chief Minister of Goa, Shri Pramod Sawant inaugurates ‘RAKSHAK’ – ‘The Saviour’ campaign; lends training in Basic Life Support activities


Manipal Hospitals, Goa’s campaign – ‘Rakshak – an initiative with Government of Goa The Saviour’ aims to address the rising number of medical emergencies, enabling residents of Goa to respond to emergency situations by teaching them Basic Life Support (BLS) activities.


Goa, 29th September 2022: , On the occasion of World Heart Day 2022, Manipal Hospitals, Goa has launched a new campaign – ‘RAKSHAK”,which is an initiative with Government of Goa to train in Basic Life Support and equip the people of Goa with the required knowledge and skills so that they can address the medical emergencies and enable residents of Goa to respond to emergency situations.


Hon. Chief Minister of Goa, Shri Pramod Sawant inaugurated the first session of Rakshak, which trained men and women from the Goa Police force, Department of Transport [RTO], Kadamba Transport Corporation Ltd [KTCL], Goa Human Resource Development Corporation [GHRDC] and Goa Fire and Emergency Services.


Present on the occasion were Shri.Rudolfo Fernandes – MLA St. Cruz Constituency, Shri.Nitin Raikar – Director of Fire and Emergency Services of Goa, Shri.Dipak Dessai – Director of Directorate of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Shri.Surendra Prasad- Hospital Director-Manipal Hospitals Goa, Dr.Shekhar Salkar- Chief of Oncology Dpt., Manipal Hospitals Goa, Dr. Aditya Gosawi- Medical Superintendent at Manipal Hospitals Goa, Dr Rakesh Deshmane cvts surgeon, Dr Jyoti Kusnur interventional cardiologist, Dr Marzook Shaik On the occasion .
Dr. Sabyasachi Mukhopadhyay, consultant interventional cardiologist at Manipal Hospitals Goa spoke on the importance of World Heart Day and concluded by emphasising the need of keeping one’s mind healthy and  maintaining a healthy life style by walking everyday which today is more appropriate than going to the gym.  Shri.Hari Prasad Sales and Marketing Head at Manipal Hospitals Goa thanked Hon Chief Minister of Goa for having graciously agreed to partner with Manipal Hospitals Goa in this novel RAKSHAP Program.


Speaking on the initiative, Hon. Chief Minister of Goa, Shri Pramod Sawant, said, “Our State is known for receiving millions of tourists every year. In recent times, we have seen an increase in accidents ― with 200 accidents occurring on an average every month. It has become increasingly evident to us that there is a rising need to medically train the people of Goa to respond to such situations effectively. I am glad to have been associated with Manipal Hospitals that launched this initiative which can potentially save hundreds of lives.”


Mr. Surendra Prasad, Hospital Director – Manipal Hospitals, Goa, said, “We are glad to have our Hon. CM of Goa to have inaugurated this campaign which aims at reaching out to the residents of our state to become the Rakshak or the saviour of a life in a situation of emergency. When it comes to emergency situations, the time immediately following the event ― before the first responders can arrive at the scene ― is crucial in saving a life. Hence, Rakshak aims at turning bystanders (citizens) to act as first responders by giving them training in Basic Life Support activities.”

Dr Stacy compered the function anf dr aditya Gosavi medical Supertendant proposed vote of thanks.
Dr jeedhu chief of emergency medicene msnipal goa hospital , Other staff who were involved in BLS training were
Sister Reeva
Riya from EMT
Dr Meglisha
Roshan Sister
EMT Akshay
Emt smit
Kartik Pulmonology technician
Sanoop brother
Dr Vyas Vishwanathan
Dr Prasad.


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