Advisers from the United States who have recently been teaching El Salvadorean troops modern warfare and anti-guerrilla techniques, have also given instruction in first aid.
GVs United States advisers teach Salvadoreans artificial respiration (8 shots)
SVs Wounded soldiers being treated in hospital (4 shots)
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Background: Advisers from the United States who have recently been teaching El Salvadorean troops modern warfare and anti-guerrilla techniques, have also given instruction in first aid. Some of the 74 U.S. advisers who recently arrived in the country gave instruction in artificial respiration in San Miguel on July 20. The military authorities said this would enable soldiers in the field to deal quickly with any injuries, enabling more detailed medical work to be done later, thus cutting down the casualty rate. In a nearby hospital, a group of 27 injured government troops were recovering from their wounds on the same day that their comrades received medical training. In a recent radio broadcast, the rebel Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front, said that their guerrillas had inflicted 3,481 casualties on government troops and taken over 1,000 soldiers prisoner in the first six months of this year. The guerrillas have waged a three year war against the government of President Alvaro Magana on a platform of greater civil and human rights, and have to participate in the forthcoming general elections in December unless the government increases personal freedom. Recently, a new Defence Minister, General Eugenio Vides Casanova, was appointed in an attempt to swing the tide of the war in the authorities' favour and to win greater popular support. President Reagan has admitted that the U.S. has armed and supplied much of the country's army, in addition to providing the team of special advisers.