Recently the House of Representatives of Malta welcomed a donation of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) received from the Malta Heart Foundation, in collaboration with two private companies, Technoline Ltd and Soteria Ltd.
The initiative was spurred by the Hon Albert Fenech MP, Chairman of the Foundation, who in a speech in Parliament last April, emphasised the need of a cardiac resuscitation system at the House of Representatives, an environment that can experience tense moments. He expressed his belief that this donation would serve to set an example and promote awareness of the importance of having such devices in public places.
Members of Parliament and employees working within the Institution were offered a certified training course in basic life support and the use of AED. During the training sessions it was revealed that sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) accounts for more than 63% of all cardiac deaths and that the only effective treatment for SCA is defibrillation. External defibrillation provides a brief effective therapeutic electric shock to the person’s heart, in an attempt to restore its normal rhythm.
The training sessions were held in one of the Committee rooms at The Palace, Valletta. At the end of the last session held on Friday, 19th July, the Speaker of the House, Hon. Anglu Farrugia, together with the Hon Carmelo Abela, Government Whip, the Hon. Frederick Azzopardi, Opposition Deputy Whip, and the Hon. Albert Fenech, held a press conference in which he thanked the Malta Heart Foundation, Technoline Ltd and Soteria Ltd for the donation of the AED device and the training course. Also present at the press conference were Mr Nicky Sammut from Technoline Ltd, the company that donated the AED, and Mr Steve Micallef from Soteria Ltd, the company that offered the training course in basic life support and the use of AED.