The organization of the medical area of the 2019 Summer Universiade in Naples was the focus of a roundtable discussion held on Wednesday. The discussion was held in the offices of Special Commissioner Gianluca Basile in Naples.
The pillars of the healthcare area will be the regional government with its local healthcare authorities and the Campania-region universities Federico II, Università Vanvitelli and Fisciano with their faculties of medicine. The head physicians will be Dr. Vincenzo Caputo, director of the Napoli 1 Centro local healthcare authority for the services offered by the regional government, Professor Amato De Paulis from the medical faculty of the Federico II university.
They will be tasked with coordinating the large number of doctors and nurses who will be looking after the over 8,000 athletes expected to arrive in Campania in 2019.
Participants of the roundtable discussion included Commissioner Basile; general director of the Napoli 1 Centro local healthcare authority Mario Forlenza; general director of the Federico II polyclinic Vincenzo Viggiani; Arturo Romano, who was representing the regional healthcare service coordination at the town council; Amato De Paulis and Vincenzo Caputo.
Several issues were discussed.
Over the coming weeks, personnel will be recruited from the Campania region healthcare system, with at least one hundred doctors and a hundred nurses needed, and ambulances will be equipped. Measures already decided include the permanent presence of a medical unit in the athletes' lodgings at Naples' Stazione Marittima and in Caserta and Salerno. Meanwhile, in collaboration with the Italian Sports Medicine Federation, about 600 blood and urine antidoping tests will be carried out in line with official protocol. Some will be given without advance notice. The roundtable discussion highlighted the need to ensure a series of checks on the delegations when they arrive as a precaution against infectious diseases.