MORE than 200 medical professionals will be on hand at the 2018 Formula One Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix.
This was revealed at the Health Ministry’s Formula One Racing Committee meeting headed by Salmaniya Medical Complex’s Accident and Emergency Department head Dr Ruqaya Issa.
The committee discussed medical preparations for the three-day Formula One weekend at Bahrain International Circuit (BIC), from April 6 to 8.
Dr Issa confirmed that 200 employees from the ministry will form the medical team at the Grand Prix and will include doctors, nurses, paramedics and other health professionals from a number of different specialties.
Medical teams are subject to special training and workshops, which begin up to four months before the event, in preparation for Formula One races, including how to extract an injured individual from an accident scene.
The ministry’s preparations for Formula One are in line with the requirements of the Federation Internationale de l’Automobileto Medical Committee who provide conditions for approval of the organisation of the event.
This has been achieved through the provision of the personnel and equipment required to provide all necessary medical and health services, and the readiness of health centres to provide services in public clinics and visitors to BIC, as well as the public health departments efforts to control and inspect the food and beverage available.