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130 Order first-aiders attend World Youth Day in Panama

Grand Hospitaller leads the young volunteer team

Panama City, 27 January 2019

Panama World Youth Day Mass-Grand Hospitaller greets the Pope

Order of Malta volunteer first aiders from Italy, Germany and France were among the 600,000 young people who attended the Panama events. The Grand Hospitaller Dominique de La Rochefoucauld-Montbel led the Order’s delegation.

All the volunteers are specialised in accident and emergency care, and were in attendance at all the main events, working closely with the Panamanian first-aid, civil defence and fire-fighting services, and with the Vatican Gendarmerie Corps and Swiss Guards. Pope Francis expressed his appreciation for the Order of Malta’s medical assistance during the events.

Most treatments resulted from reactions to the high temperatures, such as dehydration and exhaustion, and twists and strains following falls. 

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