The St John Ambulance and Pacific International Hospital have come on board to provide medical services during the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup held in Port Moresby in November.
Various meetings with the FIFA medical team in the country since early this year have culminated in the signing of a service agreement with the two medical organisations.
Local Organising Committee CEO Seamus Marten said that in order to meet FIFA requirements and standards the LOC will be purchasing medical equipment to provide to St John for use during the tournament which will then be kept by the medical service after the tournament to serve the residents of Port Moresby.
“The tournament will leave behind a legacy and one of them is through the purchase of medical equipment which will be used by St John for the general public after the tournament,” Marten said.
St John will provide nine Australian paramedics and 60 volunteers to assist with providing services to the teams and spectators at both the match and training venues, including team hotels.
PIH will provide two fully equipped emergency ambulances to operate at the venues on match days and will be on stand-by for emergency calls if required.
The ambulances, nurses and first-aiders from these medical emergency service providers will be on standby to deal with any emergency cases arising at the training fields and also at the match venues during the competition.
In addition to St John and the Pacific International Hospital, a section from the Port Moresby General Hospital Emergency Department will be dedicated to any emergency cases brought in by St John.
The FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2016 will run from 13 November to 3 December in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.
For more on Papua New Guinea football visit www.pngfootball.com.pg