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April 23, 2021

Authorities investigate private ambulance service provider after Patrick Ekeng’s death

The Department for Emergency Situations of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Health Ministry began on Saturday a joint inspection at a company that provides private ambulance services, informs a release of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

According to the cited source, two doctors with lengthy experience in emergency medical services and staff of the Bucharest Public Health Directorate will look into several aspects that include: the ambulances and their equipment, as well as compliance with the regulations in force; compliance with the legislation on emergency medical aid and private medical transportation; the ambulance staffing and their qualifications, as well as documents proving the continuous training of the employees manning the ambulances; documents produced after responding emergency cases and consultations at home, including those carried out under the protocol concluded with the Bucharest-Ilfov Ambulance Service and under the contract with the Health Insurance Office.

“At the end of the inspection, depending on the findings, all the required legal measures will be taken and the conclusions will be made public,” the release reads.

Officers of the Bucharest Police Homicide Service opened an investigation into the death of Dinamo footballer Patrick Ekeng, judicial sources said.

The Cameroon international midfielder died Friday at age 26, after collapsing on the pitch during a top league match opposing FC Dinamo Bucharest and Viitorul Constanta.

Contradictions emerged about the conditions under which the death occurred, as Dinamo supporters claim the ambulance was slow to intervene.

According to Dr. Cristian Pandrea from the Floreasca Emergency Hospital, where Ekeng was rushed, there could be multiple death causes. “He was brought at our emergency room with an ambulance without resuscitation maneuvers as far we know, in cardiac arrest. Resuscitation maneuvers were performed for about one hour and 30 minutes, but unfortunately without result. The patient died. This is not the first such incident on the sports field, the causes can be multiple and they will be revealed by the necropsy to be performed later,” said doctor Pandrea.

Ekeng, who had been introduced in minute 62, collapsed on pitch unconscious in the 70th minute of the match, without having made contact with an opponent. He was given first aid on the spot by Dinamo’s medical staff and then rushed in an ambulance to the Floreasca Emergency Hospital, where he died despite resuscitation efforts.

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