Melaka's Cycling Paramedics: Providing First Aid Ahead of Ambulance Arrival!

Melaka continues to innovate in its quest to enhance quality of life, with the latest initiative involving the deployment of SMART hydrobikes to promote both exercise and river cleanup efforts along the Melaka River.

In another progressive move, the Melaka State Government is leveraging bicycles to bolster its healthcare infrastructure.

melaka's cycling paramedics: providing first aid ahead of ambulance arrival!Photo via Facebook (Ab Rauf Yusoh)

Datuk Seri Ab Rauf Yusoh, the Melaka State Chief Minister, took to Facebook to share the concept of cycling paramedics, also known as community paramedics, aimed at expediting first aid services at tourist hotspots for individuals in need of emergency medical assistance.

In his social media post, he elucidated, "What exactly is a community paramedic? It's an initiative by the Melaka State Government catering to tourists and visitors. Where else but in Melaka!"

In a video presentation, Ab Rauf Yusoh outlined the establishment of a medical station from which the community paramedics will operate. These trained professionals will carry medical equipment in specially designed bags as they patrol the designated areas on bicycles. 

Notably, they are equipped with an automated external defibrillator (AED) for addressing cardiac emergencies.

"These bags are stocked with essential emergency gear to provide immediate assistance before transferring the patient to the hospital," he emphasised.

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Posted by Ab Rauf Yusoh on Saturday, 16 March 2024

Furthermore, Ab Rauf Yusoh underscored that these services are not exclusively for tourists but also extend to residents requiring prompt medical attention prior to the arrival of an ambulance.