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Yonhap News, medical association agree to cooperate in CPR training

All Headlines 17:21 April 06, 2016

SEOUL, April 6 (Yonhap) -- Yonhap News Agency, South Korea's key news agency, and a local medical association agreed Wednesday to jointly carry out a campaign to educate the public on how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), a critical medical treatment that could enhance the overall chances of survival of people who stop breathing normally.

Under a memorandum of understanding inked with the Korea Association of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (KACPR), Yonhap News, the country's leading news wire, promised to work together to raise awareness of the importance of CPR and educate people on how to perform it in an appropriate and timely manner.

In a related move, the two plan to organize an ice bucket challenge style promotion drive where celebrities demonstrate how to perform CPR one after another to induce public interest and encourage people to actively join. This campaign will be sponsored by the health ministry.

CPR is one of the most important medical treatments critical to resuscitating people who stop breathing normally due to injury or sickness. Victims' chances of survival greatly increase if CPR is performed correctly, raising the need for families and friends of at-risk people to be well-prepared for this emergency medical situation.

A survey here, however, showed that only one out of every eight people know how to perform CPR.

"We hope that this campaign helps many people learn how to perform CPR and eventually save more lives going forward," said Park No-hwang, CEO and president of Yonhap News Agency, during the signing ceremony.

kokobj@yna.co.kr

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