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CAF equipped to deal with Eriksen-like incident at AFCON- Dr Prince Pambo

Published on: 19 June 2021

Ghanaian and CAF medical committee member, Dr Prince Pambo, has revealed that the Confederation of African Football is prepared to deal with issues of cardiac arrest at next years Nations Cup. 

Last Saturday at the EURO 2020, Denmark star Christian Eriksen collapsed after suffering a cardiac arrest midway through their game against Finland but his teammates and the medical team were quick to attend to the player.

"I can confidently tell you that if this happened at any of our venues during an Afcon - we would have been able to give the same level of care that Eriksen got in Denmark ," Dr Pambo told BBC Sport Africa.

"The simple reason being that Caf has a group of experts in the medical committee - made up of sports physicians and emergency medical personnel and during Afcons such doctors are deployed to all the venue," he added. 

Dr Prince Pambo also explains the medical team at CAF are making sure of proximity between the various stadia and medical centers.

"Normally you go two weeks ahead of the tournament and you inspect all the medical infrastructure available at each venue. There are times when you conduct training for all the paramedics who will be present there," continued Dr Pambo. 

"You also take into consideration the distance between the stadium and the closest hospital and you also go and have interaction with the emergency medical team at the hospital.

"Every venue is always going to be equipped with a number of AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) - so I can assure you that if this happened during an Afcon he would have had the same level of care."

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