Gozo’s first public access defibrillator inaugurated at the Citadel
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The first public access defibrillator on the island, has been inaugurated in the old entrance of the Citadel in Gozo, by the Minister for Gozo Dr Justyne Caruana.
A defibrillator is an electronic device that gives an electric shock to the heart after a person suffers from a heart attack.
This was explained in detail by the Secretary General of the Emergency Response and Rescue Corps Gozo, Etienne Micallef.
“The idea was to create an AED Station Citadel because the attraction is frequented by many people. In the event of a heart attack, every second counts and to have such devices located in the vicinity is beneficial,” said Mr Micallef.
He thanked the Ministry for Gozo, for the support given to the ERRC voluntary organisation in installing the equipment, through the assistance of the Ministry for Gozo NGOs scheme.
The Minister for Gozo Justyne Caruana, praised this important initiative carried out by the NGO. She reiterated that with the popularity of the Citadel as a location, it is the the most prominent place to install this device that can save lives. Staff have been trained at the Citadel on how to use the defibrillator should it be needed.
Dr Caruana said that the purpose of Gozo NGO Scheme is to provide assistance for such worthwhile projects for the island. She also announced that similar schemes will be launched in the coming weeks.
The Minister Caruana presented certificates to all those who took training on the use of this device.