BAHAWALPUR: The Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) organised a three-day safety and security training session for the journalists that aims to assist them in the medical emergencies, both minor and major, until the ambulances arrive. Syed Tahir Mahmood briefed journalists about first aid and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CRP). First Aid training helps prepare individuals to deliver initial emergency procedures in response to bomb blasts, road accidents, bleeding after severe injuries, and mental stress. He performed demonstrations about the emergency procedures to guide the journalists, who showed a keen interest in the training session. The journalists expressed satisfaction that they learnt the emergency procedures to respond to any unpleasant situation. PPF coordinator Naseem Sheikh claimed PPF to be an independent organisation which is trying to establish an effective freelance journalist’s network of media and journalists throughout Pakistan. She said that the PPF has been conducting safety workshops for the journalists since decades with an aim to reduce risks for journalists and media workers as much as possible. The freelance journalists of Bahawalpur, Multan, Lodhran, Khanewal, Rajan Pur, Jhang, Gujranwala and Lahore also attended the workshop. Chemist Association shuts down medical stores to protest Divisional Chemist Association on Thursday held a shutter-down strike in the Bahawalpur district against the ordinance that damaged business of chemists. The Bahawal Victoria Hospital (BVH) is one of largest civil hospitals located in Bahawalpur where thousands of patients belonging to Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan visit for their medical treatment. The strike is anticipated to create difficulties for the patients admitted to the hospitals. Published in Daily Times, April 27th 2018.