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EXTRA medical professionals will be in place at this year's Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix as a result of the extension to the Sakhir Circuit, it was revealed yesterday.

Race chief medical officer Dr Amjad Obaid said a team of 15 highly-specialised professionals would be on hand to take care of the additional 0.887km of track at the Bahrain International Circuit.

"We had 160 people spread all over last year but this year, it is 175," he told the GDN on the sidelines of a workshop to brief medical staff on the race, taking place from March 12 to 14.

The event, at the College of Health Sciences, was held under the patronage of Health Minister Dr Faisal Al Hamer and attended by senior ministry officials.

"The new part is nearly a kilometre long and it has several twists and turns and we feel this is going to be a challenge," he said.

"All approvals from the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile have been taken and we have carried out some rehearsals as well."

Dr Obaid said while a full-dress rehearsal was carried out during the recently concluded V8 Supercars Championships in preparation for the F1 event, another would be carried out next Thursday.

He revealed 11 ambulances, three extrication teams and three medical intervention teams would be available during the race, with six ambulances stationed at the track.

"Last year, there were 365 cases of minor to moderate heat exhaustion by there will not be many this time since the weather is cooler," said Dr Obaid.

He said arrangements at the Salmaniya medical Complex had already been finalised to receive cases if the need arose.

"We shall use the air ambulance helicopter to transport a patient if he needed hospitalisation and emergency treatment," said Dr Obaid.

Sports medicine specialist Dr Nate Cheriyan, who also addressed the workshop, spoke about the psychological changes that drivers experienced during a race which he said medical experts had to take into consideration if the required treatment.

Marshals Motor Sports Club president Fayez Ramzi Fayez briefed the participants on basic marshalling concepts while principles of emergency airway management were discussed by Dr Nabeel Bastawisi.

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Date:Mar 4, 2010
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