9 medical associations call for mass event ban

9 medical associations have signed a joint declaration calling on the Government to revoke all permits for mass events.

They tacked on to the words of the Medical Association Malta (MAM), which stated that one cannot congregate the public in a context where there’s alcohol involved, and expect them to act responsibly. The associations noted that the spike in coronavirus cases is a direct result of the organisation of mass events. It also noted that in the weeks to come, there are more such events planned that will bring tens of thousands of people into contexts where mitigation measures are difficult to implement.

The associations added that it was pleasing to see the progressive return to a new normality, one that balances the economy and physical health. However, this balance remains essential to ensure that recovery is not jeopardised.

Apart from calling for the cancellation of mass events, they also called on the administration to be more attentive to public health recommendations when formulating policy in the future. 

The associations that signed were: Association of Anaesthesiology of Malta (AAM); Association of Emergency Physicians of Malta (AEPM); Association of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeons of Malta (AOTSM); Association of Private Family Doctors (APFD); Association of Surgeons of Malta (ASM); Maltese Association of Opthalmologists (MAO); Maltese Association of Otolaryngologists and Head and Neck Surgeons; Maltese Association of Radiologists and Nuclear Medicine Physicians (MARNMP); Maltese Paediatric Association  (MPA).