Local councillors will meet today to discuss whether to install defibrillator machines at Derry City Council buildings and sports facilities.
Sinn Féin councillor Colly Kelly has tabled a motion calling for the introduction of the machines at Council facilities and for staff to be trained in their use.
The Cityside councillor’s call comes after a number of sudden deaths at sporting events and the absence of such machines at some local sporting venues.
“There has been a lot of concern expressed locally about the lack of life saving defibrillators in Council buildings and sporting facilities in the Derry area. I am a keen sports fan and the sudden death of Tyrone footballer Cormac McAnallen in 2004 brought home to everyone the need to be prepared in the event of an emergency,” colr. Kelly said.
The Sinn Féin Colr. said the machines should be installed as a matter of urgency. “There are many sporting organisations such as the GAA who have taken the lead on this issue and are proactively fundraising to provide this vital piece of emergency equipment at their sports grounds.
“I felt this was an issue that the council needed to move on as a matter of urgency. The motion calls for defibrillators be installed at all Derry City Council buildings and sporting facilities and that staff will be trained to use a defibrillators. If it helps save even one life then it will be worth it,” he added.
Local GP Dr Anne McCloskey backed Colr. Kelly’s call and said the machines would help save lives. “I very much welcome this call. A defibrillator is a very useful addition to any safety measures in any public facility, particularly in Health centres. We need to make sure that staff are trained in CPR and especially in using defibrillators,” she said.