Everybody is now following Euro Cup 2021 and many fans were shocked to see Denmark and Inter Milan midfielder Eriksen collapsing in the field on Saturday evening NST.
UEFA said Eriksen is "awake" and undergoing tests in hospital after collapsing on the pitch and receiving CPR.
GoalNepal wants to remind all Nepalese football fans that we had a similar case last year. But one player lost his life due to no proper medical support in the venue.
ANFA academy product, age-bar international, Futsal player, A/B division league player, Karfu Rasaili had breathed his last in Kathmandu past December.
Rasaili fell down few minutes after playing quarterfinal match in local Futsal tournament.
"After finishing the quarterfinal match, he was watching another game. Suddenly he said he was feeling hard. We requested him to go to hospital. He said it was ok but within five minutes he fell down. We took him to hospital but his heart and pulses were already stopped. Doctors said it was cardiac arrest. We lost a great football player", said coach of the team.
The Futsal court didn't have proper medical facility. Most of the Futsal centres and even Nepalese football clubs don't have Ambulance service, medical team during tournaments. It should be made compulsory, at any cost.
ANFA provides medical support to the teams during the events. It has some ambulances and very few medicos but it has failed to teach the importance of medical safety to the players, clubs and the officials. Positive thing is that the FA has just started screening national team players' health in a partnership with Gangalal Hospital.
Another important thing is that all of them are missing Automated external defibrillator.
What is AED?
An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses the life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias of ventricular fibrillation (VF) and pulseless ventricular tachycardia, and is able to treat them through defibrillation, the application of electricity which stops the arrhythmia, allowing the heart to re-establish an effective rhythm.
With simple audio and visual commands, AEDs are designed to be simple to use for the layperson, and the use of AEDs is taught in many first aid, certified first responder, and basic life support (BLS) level cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) classes.
Sports council and ANFA should train personnel at Nepalese clubs, Futsal centres to use AED properly.
How much does it cost?
It shouldn't cost more than 1200-2000 USD. ANFA and Sports council must help Futsal centres to have this machine.
When ANFA and sports governing body don't have enough AED responders, AFC & FIFA should support ANFA with the training courses and the devices.
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