Wockhardt Hospital on Saturday launched a drive to provide emergency medical training to over 250 volunteers from leading Ganeshotsav mandals in the city and distributed first-aid kits to the volunteers at their Mumbai Central premises. They will also receive free medical training at the Wockhardt Hospital on August 18. The move is aimed at curtailing and tackling casualties during the 10-day festival.

Dr. Parag Rindani, head of Wockhardt Hospitals said that as Ganesh festival is the biggest event in Mumbai, the risk of medical emergencies increase. Therefore to help with this, the hospital will provide emergency medical training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and basic life support (BLS) to 250 volunteers from more than 50 leading Ganeshotsav mandals in Mumbai. Depending on the size, each mandal will have 5-10 volunteers during the festival.

Swapnil Parab, secretary of the Mumbaicharaja Ganesh Mandal, termed it essential to prepare mandals for any forthcoming medical emergencies. He revealed the crowd experiencing claustrophobia and breathing problems due to overcrowding were frequent and common.

Dr. Rindani also voted for medical training for such events. “We don’t want people to die because they simply required a CPR which could easily be provided by anyone during the golden hour. CPR and BLS training should be provided to people across India. We felicitated these mandals as a token of gratitude. They are involved in many social and welfare activities like organizing blood donation camps, raising awareness regarding various health issues and distributing books to needy children,” he said.