The emergency departments across Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) received 1,476 cases during the third day of Eid al-Adha holidays, comprising 600 at the Trauma and Emergency department at Hamad General Hospital (HGH) and 876 at the Paediatric emergency departments.
Dr Abdulnasser al-Jazairi, senior consultant of emergency medicine at HGH, told local Arabic daily Arrayah that all but three road traffic accident cases received were minor in nature. One of the three had to be admitted at the Intensive Care Unit.
“A total of 33 cases of stomach ailment and indigestion were received, including some caused by blood sugar spike and negligence in taking prescribed medications,” he explained.
Suspected Covid-19 cases are handled in a separate section to avoid spreading infection among the other patients. Further, all cases with symptoms of respiratory infection are tested for Covid-19. In case of being infected, the ambulance service is contacted to take them to the dedicated healthcare facilities for treating Covid-19.
Dr al-Jazairi urged people to avoid going to the emergency departments unless it is a real emergency and requires immediate intervention. Ordinary cases could be easily handled at the various health centres across the country, he added.
Dr Mohamed al-Amiri, director of Paediatric emergency at HMC, said that the 876 cases included 515 at Al Sadd Pediatric Emergency Center, from where three were admitted at HGH for further treatment. “Most of the cases were minor in nature,” he added. HMC’s Ambulance Service assistant executive director Ali Darwish said 200 calls were received on the third day of Eid al-Adha. Five calls were seeking assistance after road accidents and three were transported to the hospital by a helicopter ambulance. All other cases were minor to moderate in severity such as household or workplace injuries.
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