Med­i­cal man­date

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Shayne Fairman Gleaner Writer

CALL­ING THE sud­den pass­ing of St Ge­orge’s Col­lege cap­tain Do­minic James “one too many”, In­ter-Se­condary Schools Sports As­so­ci­a­tion (ISSA) Pres­i­dent Dr Wal­ton Small says his or­gan­i­sa­tion will be look­ing to en­sure that no sec­ond-round ISSA/FLOW Man­ning Cup match is played “with­out min­i­mum med­i­cal per­son­nel present”.

Small pointed out that one of ISSA’s pro­to­cols is to try and en­sure that all schools are in­structed to have med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties very close to their schools.

James, a for­mer Ja­maica Col­lege stand­out, who trans­ferred to St Ge­orge’s Col­lege, col­lapsed within five min­utes after the game started and was later pro­nounced dead at the Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal of the West Indies on Tues­day.

“We are look­ing se­ri­ously to dis­cuss that at our meet­ing to­mor­row (to­day) to have at least the min­i­mum of an elec­tro­car­dio­gram (ECG),” Small said in an in­ter­view yes­ter­day.

“As it goes into the sec­ond round, where ISSA has re­spon­si­bil­ity to ex­e­cute the matches, there are al­ways am­bu­lances, a stretch­ers and med­i­cal per­son­nel,” he con­tin­ued, adding that schools are ex­pected to have med­i­cal as­sis­tance near.


“One of the pro­to­cols is that ... all schools have in­struc­tions to have med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties very close to your school, so that within 15 min­utes or so, you should have ser­vices to take them there,” he ex­plained.

The Wolmer’s Boys’ School prin­ci­pal, whose school has a team doc­tor as­signed, did ad­mit, how­ever, that some schools can af­ford med­i­cal teams and oth­ers can’t, but main­tains that min­i­mum re­quire­ments should be ad­hered to.

“It’s a lot of schools.

ISSA to en­sure min­i­mum ther­a­peu­tic per­son­nel present at all sec­ond-round matches

It is al­most im­pos­si­ble to pro­vide am­bu­lance ser­vices for all schools, even if you were to get all the am­bu­lances in Ja­maica, the vol­ume of matches we play we would not have them there,” he stressed.

He be­moaned that ISSA is not able to pro­vide am­bu­lance ser­vice for all schools through­out the com­pe­ti­tion.


“Well, the pro­to­col as it ex­ists right now is that no match can be played un­less there is med­i­cal per­son­nel, so the min­i­mum that we ex­pect is that there must be at least a school nurse. For­tu­nately, for some schools, they can af­ford a med­i­cal prac­ti­tioner and that has taken place,” he con­firmed.

Small added that James’ loss has damp­ened the spirit of the com­pe­ti­tions.

“We will be hav­ing con­ver­sa­tions with the ad­min­is­tra­tion of the school, just to find out what their thoughts are as it re­lates to the school go­ing for­ward in terms of play­ing the game.

“Con­do­lences to his mother and fa­ther, the St Ge­orge’s fam­ily and the sport­ing fam­ily in gen­eral,” Small said.


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