“Ad­e­quate reg­u­la­tion needed to en­sure high stan­dard of first aid cour­ses” – MEP Miriam Dalli

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

Ad­e­quate reg­u­la­tion to en­sure that first aid cour­ses of­fered by var­i­ous en­ti­ties, re­flect ex­pected in­ter­na­tional stan­dards, are ur­gently re­quired.

Mem­ber of the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment Miriam Dalli em­pha­sised that in to­day’s world a ba­sic course in first aid is es­sen­tial, and that is why we need to as­sure the avail­abil­ity of high qual­ity first aid cour­ses. An au­thor­ity that can cer­tify that the cour­ses be­ing of­fered re­flect the most re­cent guide­lines es­tab­lished by the com­pe­tent au­thor­i­ties, can help in this re­gard.

Dur­ing a visit to the Malta Red Cross Head­quar­ters in Pem­broke, Miriam Dalli was in­formed about how the so­ci­ety is of­fer­ing a num­ber of cour­ses in this field, and what sys­tems are utilised dur­ing the dif­fer­ent learn­ing pro­grammes of­fered by the Malta Red Cross. In fact, the so­ci­ety trains hun­dreds of per­sons ev­ery year in first aid.

Dur­ing the visit, the Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the Malta Red Cross, Paulette Fenech, said that the lat­est in­vest­ment car­ried out by the Red Cross was the pur­chase of a med­i­cally equipped ve­hi­cle that makes it pos­si­ble to reach an in­ci­dent spot in the short­est time pos­si­ble.

This ve­hi­cle was pur­chased in June of this year and used as part of a pi­lot project that fo­cuses on the north of the is­land dur­ing the sum­mer months, when this re­gion of the is­land wel­comes a large num­ber of tourists. In just three months, of­fi­cials from the Red Cross were able to of­fer as­sis­tance in more than 650 cases.

While the ma­jor­ity of cases were mi­nor in­ci­dents, the Malta Red Cross also faced a num­ber of se­ri­ous in­ci­dents. Thanks to the Malta Red Cross’, to­gether with a team from Mater Dei Hospi­tal and the Civil Pro­tec­tion unit, a num­ber of per­sons were saved from life threat­en­ing sit­u­a­tions.

The so­ci­ety ben­e­fit­ted from a lit­tle un­der €25,000, thanks to a project scheme for vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tions.

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