Dr Mario Padron (centre), Chairman of Department of Radiology at Clinica Cemtro Orthopaedic Institute, Spain, addressing the second Joint Meeting of the Asian Musculoskeletal Society and the Arabian Gulf Society of Skeletal Radiology at the Medical Education Centre of Hamad Medical Corporation yesterday. Dr Jeremiah C Healy (right), Consultant Musculoskeletal Radiologist, Chelsea, and Westminister Hospital and Honorary Senior Lecturer, Imperial College, and Professor Maryam Shahabpour, Head of Clinics of Musculoskeletal Imaging, Universitair Ziekenhuis, Brussels, Belgium, are also seen. (Salim Matramkot)
By Fazeena Saleem
DOHA: The Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), Qatar’s leading public health care service provider is gearing up to meet the medical emergencies arising from the high influx of players and visitors to the country during FIFA World Cup in 2022.
Sport related injuries are expected to rise during the World Cup and HMC is seeking international expertise to deal with such incidents. This was one of the main topic discussed at a two-day medical conference which concluded at HMC’s Education Centre yesterday.
“As we host the 2022 World Cup, sport medicine has become very important. Diagnosis is much better now than before, very characteristically in sport injuries. This (the conference) is part of efforts to raise awareness on this issue among professionals and the public and enhance our knowledge and experience through interaction with experts from different countries,” Dr Mahmoud Al Heidous, Senior Consultant-Radiologist, Assistant Medical Director, Head of Radiology Department at Al Wakra Hospital told The Peninsula yesterday.
Ankle and knee injuries happen more frequently among players while playing football. All hospitals under the HMC already have the technology to treat such cases and they would be functioning together in providing sport injury diagnosis and treatment.
“As the national health care provider all our main hospitals have advanced technology. We need more specialised people in bone, joint and muscle injuries and they will be trained,” said Al Heidous, who is also the organiser of the conference.
According to an international expert attending the conference, the spectators rather than the players could pose a bigger challenge to the health care providers, in terms of accidents and injuries.
“There would be more visitors injured than the players. When 400 to 500 people are playing around, there would be another 100,000 people watching the games. There will be more work to do for the fans than for the players,” Professsor Klaus Bohndorf, Director, Department of Radiology, Klinikum Augsburg, Germany said.
“People who stumble over the stairs and meet road accidents would be more; such incidents could increase dramatically during the event,” said Bohndorf, who was a guest speaker at the conference.
Second Joint Meeting of the Asian Musculoskeletal Society and Arabian Gulf Society of skeletal Radiology held workshops for radiology professionals on ‘ultrasound foot and ankle,’ ‘knee sports injury imaging,’ and ‘spine interventional procedures.’
Besides the HMC, the Aspire Academy has been conducting regular training programmes for players to raise their knowledge and awareness about sport related injuries, accidents and medication.
In November last year, Aspetar Qatar Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital recently held its third annual conference on the Athlete’s Ankle as part of its Current Concepts series.
Ankle sprains were among the most commonly reported complaints during the last FIFA World Cup and London 2012 Olympics.