Football fans in the Ho Municipality are calling on the relevant authorities to make an ambulance available at sporting venues following the death of a referee at the Ho Sports Stadium on Sunday, June 25.
The referee, who was also a police officer, met his untimely death after collapsing while watching the finals of the Volta FA Division Two middle league between Home Stars FC and Inter Allies FC.
Fans say that the availability of an ambulance at the facility during the match could have prevented the death of the officer, and are calling on authorities to provide ambulance services at sporting events.
A fan narrated that the unfortunate event could have been avoided if there had been a swift response from the ambulance services.
“During the second half, we were all sitting at the VIP area, and he was sitting right behind us, and we just heard a rush, and before we could say, Jack, he was on the ground, and we were all trying to resuscitate him, and so we all rushed there, and then we started calling the Red Cross team to move over, and before they could move up, he was almost passing out, and so they also tried to resuscitate him, but they realized that it was beyond them, and they resolved to rush him out of the stadium and to our utmost dismay, we realized that they do not have an ambulance at the scene.
“If they had an ambulance at the scene, maybe something could have been done and his life would have been saved, but we were told he was carried away in a different car.”
“They should ensure that anytime there is a sporting activity, an ambulance is made available and those in charge should be brought to the stadium because anything can happen,” the fan added.