The Emergency Departments at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) received 223 cases on the first day of Eid al-Adha. These cases included 53 minor accidents, 37 gastric troubles and 32 of high temperature and involved 136 male and 87 female patients, local Arabic daily Arrayah reported.
The Ambulance Service at HMC received 312 calls for help including 11 regarding accidents, 51 different injuries and 261 various medical conditions mostly simple to medium in severity. Two cases were transported by the Helicopter Ambulance to receive the necessary treatment at the emergency department at Hamad General Hospital (HGH).
Speaking to Arrayah, Dr Rana Abdalla, assistant director of the Emergency Department at HGH, said that no serious case was registered on the first day of Eid al-Adha holidays. Most cases were regarding gastric disturbances, vomiting and indigestion in addition to some minor injuries to children during play at the various parks across the country. She also stressed the need to be careful, consume food in moderation and avoid heat strokes and exhaustion.
Ali Darwish, assistant executive director of the Ambulance Service at HMC, said that the Ambulance Service received 312 calls for help during the first day of Eid al-Adha from 6am until 6pm. The service covered all the key areas, including the Eid prayer yards, the land border of Abu Samra and Hamad International Airport in co-operation with the authorities concerned.
Further, the Ambulance Service has maintained a good presence around the beaches and the main roads leading to them, in addition to the parks with paramedics in 4x4 vehicles and bikes to respond to any potential emergency. Darwish said that the service has a convoy of 169 vehicles, with 115 used to transport patients around the clock, and others used for speedy intervention, including five for the critical cases and the rest for transporting patients to the outpatient clinics or to receive dialysis services and others.