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