Pupils at some schools in Malta and Gozo have been learning how to perform CPR.
The lessons were part of World Restart A Heart Day.
They were shown how they might be able to save the life of someone who is having a cardiac arrest.
The theme of the day was ‘everyone in the world can save a life’.
World Restart A Heart Day is a global campaign that takes place on October 16 every year with the goal to promote CPR training.
A spokesman for the Malta Resuscitation Council told 89.7 Bay: ‘If CPR is performed before the emergency medical team arrives, it can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival.
‘In Malta in 2017, bystander CPR occurred in just 40% of cardiac arrests.
‘Many bystanders in Malta did not attempt CPR because they didn’t know what to do or were afraid of hurting the victim.’
CPR consists of three easy steps:
- Step 1: Check for responsiveness. If unresponsive…
- Step 2: Call 112 and alert Malta’s emergency services…
- Step 3: Start chest compressions by pushing down hard and fast in the centre of the chest until help arrives.
The Malta Resuscitation Council runs a number of courses in basic life support and first aid.
The organisation can be contacted on 9922 9496.
Eight defibrillators have been installed in public spaces around Valletta, including at the bus station.
Gozo Channel ferries are also fitted with the machines.
Malta’s health minister Chris Fearne has said that the plan is to install more defibrillators in Malta and Gozo this year.