THE Premier Soccer League feels it is necessary to respond to the accusations made by Kaizer Chiefs coach Vladimir Vermezovic in media reports around the issue of medical capacity following the Absa Premiership match between Lamontville Golden Arrows and Kaizer Chiefs at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Wednesday evening.
Vermezovic made statements in a press conference yesterday claiming that the PSL neglected the safety of players. This follows an injury to Itumeleng Khune on Wednesday evening following a mid air collision with an Arrows player. He also added that the medical facilities at the Moses Mabhida Stadium were inadequate.
The medical issue is an important part of match planning as this is discussed in the pre match security plans. This is then further highlighted on match day in the pre match meeting where there is a section dedicated in the match meeting document that addresses medical capacity and facilities which are signed off and agreed to by both teams.
The medical staffing operational plan for the match at Moses Mabhida Stadium was as follows:
o 1 x Match Doctor
o 2 nursing sisters
o 2 Advanced Life Support paramedics
o 2 Intermediate Life Support paramedics
o 25 Basic Life Support paramedics
o 2 ambulances including crews
o 1 medical coordinator
o In addition to this, Lamontville Golden Arrows and Kaizer Chiefs also had their respective team doctors in attendance
Medical equipment on the day included:
o Full oxygen supplies, emergency drugs, medication, emergency supplies, defibrillator
Medical areas in use on the day included:
o Main Medical facility
o 2 spectator medical rooms (first aid rooms on level 3 & 4)
o Radio communications between VOC and all medical areas
A team of eight medical staff was placed on the pitch (4 per team) with portable oxygen, trauma board with neck brace and spider harness. The rest of the staff were distributed at various posts around the stadium.
“Given the above planning for the match, we are satisfied that the medical facilities and service provided were of high standard and befitting that of what is required at a PSL match. We would also like to wish Itumeleng Khune a speedy recovery,” said PSL GM: Football, Derek Blanckensee.