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17 April 2024

UAE’s Ministry of Interior installs defibrillator at UAQ Municipality

By Staff

The Ministry of Interior has installed a defibrillator at the Umm al-Quwain Municipality building. This step was taken as a response to the police leadership’s directions, to install defibrillators in public places across the UAE.

For this end, the Emergency and Public Safety Department at Abu Dhabi Police organized a specialized workshop for a number of employees from the municipality and the Planning and Survey, Lands and Property Departments. The workshop aims to train employees on how to operate the resuscitation device.

Trainers Mohamed Khaled Talibi and Abdul Hamid Farhat lead the training workshop where they tackled the basic principles and procedures of first aid and CPR.  They also provided a detailed explanation about the defibrillator, and how to use it on adults and children.

Obaid Sultan Towarish, Acting General Director of Umm al-Quwain Municipality, valued the Ministry of Interior’s initiative to install the device at the municipality. “Such initiatives will help save people’s lives and reflect our leadership’s keenness to ensure citizens and residents’ safety,” he added. He stressed the importance of installing these heart defibrillators in public places across the country and the importance of training people on how to operate the life-saving device to help save those in need.

For their part, employees of the Umm al-Quwain Municipality and the Planning and Survey, Lands and Property Departments commended this initiative that helps save people’s lives in case of emergencies.

It is important to note that the defibrillator is used when there are symptoms of circulatory failure (ischemia) in a person with suspected heart failure.  The symptoms include fainting, irregular breathing, weak or absent pulse, or absence of circulatory activity. Moreover, the device is easy and safe to use, as it does not provide an electric shock until it analyses pulse and heart signals to detect ventricular fibrillation, which would require an electric shock.

The United Arab Emirates is one of the first countries in the region to popularize the use of this important device, after its efficiency has been proved to reduce sudden cardiac deaths in the countries where it is in use. Worldwide, mortality rates due to sudden cardiac arrest account for more than 90%. The use of this device has decreased this to less than 30%.