With the camping season continuing and an increase in the turnout of visitors expected during the Eid al-Fitr holidays, Hamad Medical Corporation's (HMC) Sealine clinic is all set to cater to the rush while adhering to Covid-19 precautionary measures.
“The clinic in Sealine is working during the camping season while serving the health requirements of visitors, monitoring health issues and treating injuries from accidents in the area," an official from HMC told local Arabic daily Arrayah.
He urged visitors to take care of children and adolescents as they are often exposed to injuries while using bikes. “Injuries resulting from riding quad bikes are among the most dangerous among the adolescents," he said.
“Campers should take first aid kits with eye drops and pain relievers to help deal with minor injuries, drink adequate water and avoid staying in the sun for longer periods than necessary. They should maintain a safe distance from the fires," he added.
HMC's Sealine clinic has been operating for 12 years during camping season as part of the Corporation's commitment to provide safe, compassionate, and effective healthcare services to all patients in Qatar. It has enabled the team to provide first aid services to the public in a fast and effective manner with facilities to handle injuries and administer first aid to campers and visitors.
The Sealine clinic features all the medical equipment and medications needed to manage injuries, but cases of urgent or serious nature are usually transported to hospital by ambulance or the LifeFlight helicopter, depending on the severity of the injury or illness. A physician, nurse and medical supervisor, receives all types of medical emergencies. There is a helipad for easy LifeFlight access.
The clinic started its work on October 30 last year, and operates during the weekend from Thursday afternoon until Saturday afternoon. This season's clinic will close on May 21. This year, more than 400 cases, mostly minor, have been reported with most of them being minor cases. Severe cases were transferred to Al Wakra Hospital or Hamad General Hospital through the ambulance service available round-the-clock.
The Ministry of Interior has set up a special committee and holds an annual safety campaign in the Sealine area as part of the efforts to bring down accidents here.
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