SAFETY PREPARATIONS: A health official said the ministry was mulling installing additional AEDs in public places, such as temples, schools and community centers
Date: Dec 02, 2019
By: Staff writer, with CNA
The Ministry of Health and Welfare is considering installing automated external defibrillators (AEDs)at more public places, including temples, to reduce fatalities from sudden cardiac arrest, a senior health official said.
The ministry was investigating the feasibility of expanding the current installation of AEDs to more public spaces, such as popular temples, community centers and junior-high and elementary schools, Department of Medical Affairs Director-General Shih Chung-liang (石崇良) said.
AEDs are already installed in public venues, including transportation hubs, tourist attractions, high schools, universities, assembly sites, leisure areas that attract at least 3,000 people a day, large shopping malls, hotels and hot spring areas, Shih said.
The review came after the death on Wednesday of Canadian-Taiwanese actor and model Godfrey Gao (高以翔) in China. [FULL STORY]