Gozo CCU Foundation donates 15 defibrillators to local schools

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Gozo CCU Foundation donates 15 defibrillators to local schoolsOn Wednesday, the Gozo CCU Foundation presented a donation of a defibrillator to each of the 15 schools in Gozo during an event to mark World Heart Day, which was held at the ITS School in Qala.

The Minister for Gozo Justyne Caruana, was present for the occasion at the invitation of the Foundation.

Justyne Caruana urged everyone to raise awareness about the use of this important device which can help save lives.

The Minister for Gozo said that teachers will undergo a process of training on how to use the defibrillator and at the same time, students will be taught about the use of this device. The AEDs are equipped with both adult and paediatric paddles.Gozo CCU Foundation donates 15 defibrillators to local schoolsDr Caruana further stated that although Gozo is a small island, and we are only a step away from health centres and the general hospital, those few minutes can make a vital difference in our lives, therefore it is important that the AEDs are present in schools as a first aid and can also be used in case of an emergency outside school.

Minister Caruana thanked Mrs Carmen Bellamy on behalf of the CCU Foundation for the wonderful gesture, which ultimately is going to save more lives.

Dame Carmen Bellamy said that together with her Committee, they are delighted that all schools in Gozo now have this equipment to help save lives.

She added that the training to staff and students will be undertaken by George Bonello of Sidroc Services.

Dame Carmen Bellamy stressed that training is of paramount importance and that students must be made aware of this equipment and trained accordingly.

Special thanks were given to George Mangion of ITS Gozo and his staff for hosting the event.

Photographs:MGOZ/Terry Camilleri

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    2 Responses

    1. Anthony Zammit says:

      Great initiative by all. It is so true that ‘ those few minutes can make a vital difference’. I personally know Mr. Bonello and be assured that he will prepare all involved to use the Medical Equipment. Mr. George Bonello through Sidroc Services had always donated Medical instruments for our Mission in Peru whenever we asked him. I hope that there will be frequent try-outs so that if the emergency takes place in reality they will be calm and proficient. Thank you Gozo CCU Foundation and thank you Minister.

    2. Ceriann Purssey says:

      A wonderful initiative, however why only schools? Obviously every life is important but isn’t it the older generation who are more at risk of heart attacks?

      Why not put them in shopping centres or theatres and cinemas? Or is that the next part of the programme?

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