FIFA’s Chief Medical Officer, Professor Jiri Dvorak visited Brasilia-based medical centre HOME (Hospital for Orthopedics and Specialised Medicine) to officially inaugurate it as a FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence on Friday 14 June 2013.
HOME, which was given approval by the FIFA Medical Committee at a meeting in October 2012, was founded four years ago to offer treatment of diseases of the locomotor system. It boasts a clinical laboratory, a large imaging centre and one of the biggest rehabilitation centres in Brazil.
The centre’s specialities are wide and far-reaching and come under the direction of Dr. Paulo Lobo, the co-ordinator of the musculoskeletal division and sports medicine.
Following the inauguration, Prof. Dvorak said: “Dr. Lobo, the Chairman of HOME, is an integral part of a highly professional network of football doctors in Brazil, an infrastructure which will be instrumental for nationwide implementation of the FIFA 11 for Health, a school-based programme to contribute to the improvement of public health in Brazil.”
Executive Secretary of Brazil's Ministry of Sport, Luis Fernandes, strongly agreed with Prof Dvorak’s sentiments: “It is all about the medical legacy of the two major FIFA competitions [the FIFA Confederations Cup and the FIFA World Cup],” he said.
“The philosophy of prevention is endorsed and supported by the federal government and we will collaborate closely with FIFA and the CBF to make the prevention programmes of F-MARC, and in particular the FIFA 11 for Health a success, reaching every corner of the country by 2016.”
In the future, HOME will be further enhanced by an extension of 7,000 square metres, including a complete cardio centre, a new surgical centre for cardiovascular surgery and more beds. The centre is a source of pride for the city – and Dr. Agnelo Queiroz, the Governor of the District of Brasilia concluded:
“The accreditation of HOME as a FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence is a great honour for Brasilia, the capital of Brazil. The hospital is not only of national importance, but with this accreditation it has received international recognition.”