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‘Every Maltese School Should Have A Medic’: After Boy With Severe Allergy Told To Stay Home, MP Calls For Expanded Health Services

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An MP has called for a medic or trained personnel to be placed in every school in Malta after a parent was told not to send her allergic child to class in Sliema.

“Parents deserve peace of mind when their children are in school. But the problem here isn’t the teachers. A teacher isn’t a doctor, and I have faith that no one expects them to be a doctor either,” Rosianne Cutajar said today.

“It’s 2019 and I think the time has come for each school to have a medic or someone prepared for any emergency that could happen,” she said.

Cutajar’s comments come after a parent said she had been told not to send her severely allergic child to school with an EpiPen since no teachers were trained to use it.

St Claire’s College Sliema Primary told Katarina Rafajova that her five-year-old son Luca, who is allergic to peanuts, cashews and hazelnuts, was not allowed to go to school with his medicine.

The headteacher of the school reportedly told Rafajova that if Luca suffered an allergic attack while at school, they would not administer his medicine, and instead call for an ambulance.

“Waiting for an ambulance rather than treating Luca with an EpiPen could mean he will die,” Rafajova said to the Times of Malta.

Do you think there should be a trained medic in every school in Malta?

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