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DOHA: Overeating and intake of large quantity of fatty food and sweets after the fasting month of Ramadan, prompted hundreds of people to seek emergency medical care at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) yesterday — the second day of Eid Al Fitr.
The Emergency Department of HMC yesterday received more than 1,100 cases in the day and most of them were related to stomach upsets caused by overeating and intake of fatty food and sweets.
The total turnout at the department during 12 hours — from 6 in the morning to 6 in the evening — was 1,125.
On Sunday, the turnout was less than half at 439 and most cases related to stomach illnesses.
Some 29 road accidents were reported to the emergency unit yesterday and one person who suffered critical injuries in a mishap in Abu Nakhla area was admitted to the intensive care unit. His condition was reported to be serious.
The emergency unit in all received some 215 phone calls yesterday and more than half of them (127) related to road accidents. Other cases for which phone calls were received pertained to minor falls in homes as well as outside.
A bus carrying 28 workers met with an accident in the Industrial Area yesterday. However, no one suffered serious injuries and all the workers were allowed to leave after a brief medical check-up.
The air ambulance rescued five people while the department had kept ready some 65 road ambulances to tackle emergencies on the first day of Eid. The readiness continues with more vigil in areas where revellers are expected to descend in large numbers — the Sealine beach, for instance.
Some 60 heart-related cases were reported to the emergency department of HMC yesterday and one patient reportedly died.
On the first day of Eid, 35 road accidents were reported but no one suffered serious injuries.
Most of the mishaps were reported from the Old Airport area. As for children’s emergency departments, the total turnout yesterday was 1,107 — the largest at Al Sadd emergency that accounted for 627.
Some 300 of the above cases were received by the children’s emergency in Al Rayan while the emergency in the Old Airport area received only 180 cases.
Doctors said the total turnout at all the three children’s emergency units was less as compared to the Eid season last year.
They said that at Al Sadd some eight doctors have been put on duty during the day while the number has been doubled to 16 in the night. The number of nurses at the Al Sadd emergency has been increased to 30.