Organisers release Okpekpe Road Race’s medical guidelines
The Medical Coordinator of the Okpekpe 10 kilometres race slated for May 16, Dr. Gab Okafor, has unveiled management tit bits for the competition in accordance with the IAAF competitions’ guidelines for road race events.
Disclosing this in Benin City yesterday, Dr. Okafor stated that the main components for the road race include: pre-participation evaluation and briefing for participating athletes, qualified medical team and medical volunteers, comprising doctors, nurses, EMTs, Physiotherapists who will be deployed appropriately.
He said some of the medical personnel would be at fixed locations to offer medical service points like the finish line and aid stations along the route, at medical vehicles (ambulances), while first response teams to give immediate first aid along the course of the race will also be available.
Okafor also said the medical team would provide major support and aid at the finish line with all the emergency support and medical supplies, provide minor aid station at the water stations to provide first aid and relief for minor injuries.
According to him, fully equipped Advanced Life Support (ACLS) ambulances will be at the finish line and on the course of the race, additional ambulance for handling minor emergence, sweeping vehicle for assisting healthy retired participants, who are unable to complete the race and the use of Heat Stress Index Flags depending on the weather condition will also be available at the race.