News: ANA practices CPR during medical course
Story by Lance Cpl. Mark Garcia
CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Afghan National Army soldiers participated in the practical application of cardiopulmonary resuscitation during a medical course at the Joint Security Academy Southwest here Dec. 21.
Prior to practicing the CPR, the students learned how to treat for shock, check for a pulse and also how to perform CPR.
Zamul Rahmad, 20, from Nangarhar province, a soldier in the ANA and the class leader, joined the course because it was a chance for him to become a combat medic.
“This course helps us a lot because when we go back to our units we will be able to help our brothers,” said Rahmad.
“My hope is for them to understand what it takes to be a combat medic so they know how to help their fellow soldiers,” said Pfc. Severo Reyes Jr., 27, an instructor at JSAS, from Houston, Texas.
The medical course started a few weeks ago and Reyes said that he has seen improvement in the students since the class began. He said that the students are paying attention and that they understand the lessons being taught to them.
“It feels good at the end when you see all the stuff they’ve learned and you can ask them what to do in a scenario and they know,” Reyes said.
“I hope I get a certificate at the end of this course so when I go to my station I can show them that I am a combat medic,” said Rahmad. “I would like to become a medic so I can save others.”