‘Medics are experts in their fields’

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Each individual will be responsible for the management of all medical services in the match venue and host city, including transfer of patients to accredited hospitals.

Giving details Chief Executive Officer of the 2010 Fifa World Cup Organising Committee South Africa, Danny Jordaan, said the 10 were professionals who have been chosen for their expertise and experience in the areas of research, emergency medicine, mass gathering medicine and sports medicine.

“They also have vast knowledge of the medical personnel and services in the host cities they are responsible for.

“In addition they will also manage the two stretcher teams for the pitch, each comprising a doctor and four paramedics. They will be working closely with Government service providers who will be managing emergency medical posts for spectators and the media in the stadium.”

The LOC Medical Officers will establish for each stadium a medical centre for Players and Match Officials and another for Fifa, the OC and their guests.

The 10 LOC Medical Officers are: Ellis Park: Dr Demitri Constantinou, Cape Town: Prof Wayne Derman Tshwane/Pretoria: Dr Christo Janse Van Rensburg, Rustenburg: Dr Mmuso Ramantsi, Polokwane: Dr Eric Neluheni, Mbombela: Dr Maki Ramagole Mangaung/Bloemfontein: Dr Louis Holtzhauzen Nelson Mandela Bay: Dr Mtunzi Ngcelwane Durban: Dr Mzukisi Grootboom.

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