In the idyllic paradise of the Maldives, where pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters define the landscape, the tourism sector has always been a cornerstone of the economy. However, the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2019 brought about new challenges and safety concerns for both tourists and staff at the numerous resorts scattered across the atolls. To address these concerns, the Maldivian government took a proactive step by mandating that 80 percent of resort staff should be trained in first aid, basic life support, and the use of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs). This crucial requirement was introduced in the Public Health Interventions to Reduce the Risk of Transmission of COVID-19 in the Tourism Sector (V4 update) [download], issued on October 10, 2020 (refer to page 42 under clause 10.7 – see below image).
The decision to require first aid training for resort staff was a prudent one. The COVID-19 pandemic brought about unprecedented challenges, and ensuring the safety of guests and staff became paramount. Maldivian resorts are often remote and far from advanced medical facilities, making it imperative to equip staff with the skills and knowledge needed to handle medical emergencies effectively.
Since the introduction of this mandate, several resorts have already achieved the 80 percent first aid training requirement. These resorts serve as shining examples of commitment to safety and the well-being of their guests and employees. Their dedication to providing a safe environment during these uncertain times is commendable.
However, it’s essential to recognize that some resorts are still in the process of working towards achieving this guideline. Training 80 percent of the staff in first aid and related skills is no small task, particularly for those with a larger workforce. The logistical challenges involved in organizing training sessions and ensuring that all staff members receive the necessary education can be complex. Nevertheless, it’s important to remember that this requirement by the government is not only achievable but also necessary.
The Maldivian government’s mandate is not a mere formality; it’s a vital step towards ensuring the safety and well-being of both tourists and the dedicated individuals working in the tourism sector. The isolated nature of many resorts means that immediate access to advanced cardiac life support systems is often limited. In such cases, the ability of resort staff to provide first aid and basic life support can make the critical difference in saving lives during medical emergencies.
In the post-COVID era, the Maldivian tourism sector has adapted to new norms and safety requirements. The government’s decision to mandate first aid training for resort staff is a commendable step in the right direction. It not only assures tourists of a safer environment but also reinforces the commitment of the Maldives to providing exceptional hospitality.
ThinkSAFE Maldives, as a first aid and safety training provider, stands at the forefront of this initiative. By providing high-quality training and support, we play a crucial role in helping resorts meet the government’s mandate. We believe that this requirement is not just a regulation but a crucial investment in the well-being of everyone who sets foot on these pristine shores.
In this journey towards safety, compliance, and preparedness, ThinkSAFE Maldives continues to be a dedicated partner, working hand in hand with resorts to ensure that they are fully prepared to handle medical emergencies, thereby further enhancing the reputation of the Maldives as a safe and welcoming destination.