Health in safe hands at Ashgabat 2017
22 September, 2017 (08:30)
Medical care at the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games has been roundly praised by the competing delegations, with the event’s CEO describing it as the “best I have ever seen at a major event of this level”.
Hundreds of Ministry of Health medical and nursing staff have provided 24-hour cover for the 6,000 athletes and officials from 65 delegations who have been competing at the 12-day event taking place in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.
With hundreds more trained volunteers providing back-up to both participants and spectators, the show of strength and the professional way in which injuries and illnesses have been dealt with have been a glowing highlight of the Games.
“The Executive Committee has worked closely with the Ministry of Health to deliver healthcare across the Games to an international standard,” said James Bulley, CEO of the Executive Committee.
“I can confidently state that it is the best I have seen for any major event of this level so I would like to congratulate all the medical officials, staff and volunteers for the excellent service they are providing.”
A state-of-the-art Polyclinic dedicated to the welfare of athletes has been specially built in the Ashgabat Olymic Complex while immediate medical services have been provided across all competition and training venues. Services extend to all guest hotels and various other venues used for the Games.
Added to that are 35 ambulances on call every single day along with the back-up of world-class hospitals and medical facilities across the city that are ready to deal with any serious injury or illness that can’t be dealt with on site.
The service has attracted considerable approval from the international sporting community with nearly 3,000 people treated to date.
“We can’t praise the medical officials enough for the professionalism that they have extended to our team,” said Nasser Majali, Secretary General of the Jordan Olympic Committee. “They have worked closely with our own medical team when required and have provided top levels of support when we have needed it most.”
The Macau delegation faced worrying times when one of their athletes suffered a serious injury during competition and required surgery, but they gave another glowing endorsement of the care that was provided.
“We want to thank all of the medical staff for their care and hospitality which they showed throughout the treatment,” said Pun Weng Kun, Chef de Mission.
Ashgabat 2017 got underway on 17 September with a glittering Opening Ceremony and will reach a spectacular climax on the 27 September with the Closing Ceremony, also to be held at the Ashgabat Olympic Stadium.
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