Posted on September 14, 2016

The three emergency units of the Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) yesterday received a total of 1,891 cases, a good number of them involving stomach-related illnesses. The highest number of cases — 966 — were received at the Paediatric Emergency section in Al Sadd, followed by the emergency unit at Hamad General Hospital (HGH) which saw 609 cases.

The emergency unit at Al Wakrah Hospital received 316 cases. HMC’s ambulance section received 224 calls yesterday, 14 of which were related to traffic accidents. Dr Saad Al Nuaimi, an emergency medical consultant said that HMC’s main emergency unit saw an increase in stomach related disorders due to improper eating habits during Eid. The unit also received 11 cardiac and chest-related problems, along with two accident cases, between 6 am to 6 pm yesterday, Al Sharq reported. HMC’s emergency section is all prepared for the Eid holidays with 81 doctors on duty, 27 in every shift. However, the section has not seen a noticeable increase in the number of cases.

“We expect an increase in cases at the Pediatric section, with possibility of accidents as children play outside during the holidays. Many families don’t follow the safety standards in public places,” said Al Nuaimi. Dr Moayyad Qassim, consultant at Al Wakrah Hospital emergency unit said that the section received 316 cases yesterday, six of which were admitted, one in the Intensive care unit because of viral infection.A cardiac patient was transferred to the Heart Hospital. Most cases were related to high temperature, cold and flu. Interestingly there were no stomach related cases. Dr Nasser Al Haider, consultant at Pediatric Emergency at HMC said the section saw 966 cases yesterday at it four centers- 592 in Al Sadd, 253 in Al Rayyan, 96 at Airport and 25 in Al Daain.

“Most cases were minor and the children were allowed to go back after treatment. Only three cases were transferred to ICU,” he said. Ali Darwish, assistant executive director of HMC’s ambulance service said, of the 224 calls it received yesterday, 29 were related to various accidents , 14 car accidents and remaining illnesses. The air ambulance had to be used only once. The unit has deployed 80 ambulances across the country in addition to 15 four-wheel vehicles for quick intervention, and 15 motorbike ambulance teams to provide first aid in crowded areas. Four medical units have been assigned in Sealine to serve beach-goers.

source: The Peninsula