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HGH ED, PECs see more patients on the second day of Eid Al-Adha

HGH ED, PECs see more patients
on the second day of Eid Al-Adha

CATHERINE W GICHUKI
DOHA
More people were treated in the emergency departments (ED) of Hamad General Hospital (HGH) and Paediatric Emergency Centres (PECs) across the country on the second day of Eid Al-Adha.
The Ambulance Service also attended to more cases, which was attributed to more people exploring outdoors as opposed to the first day, when people stayed at home as families gathered. The HGH ED saw 418 patients, while PECs across the country saw 714 cases. The Ambulance Service responded to 155 calls.
Dr Abdulnasir Howaidi, senior consultant at the Emergency Department, said the number of cases had increased by 15 to 20% since the first day of Eid. “This could be due to people starting to go out on the second day of Eid,” said Dr Howaidi, adding that about 10% of the 418 cases were admitted to the hospital.
However, the number of road accidents decreased from five to two. “We advise people to take precautions and stay safe during the Eid holiday,” Dr Howaidi added.
Dr Mohamed Al Amri, acting chairman of Paediatrics and director of Paediatric Centres, said a total 436 cases were attended to at PEC Al Sadd. “We had four admissions to Hamad and three patients were referred to Sidra ED, with a majority of them being minor trauma or cut wounds. There was one emergency case of anaphylaxis attributed to food allergy. The patient is stable now and has been discharged from hospital. One of the cases referred to Hamad was for neonatal fever,” said Dr. Al Amri.
According to Dr. Al Amri, PEC Al Rayyan had 176 cases for satellite PECs, PEC Airport (61), and PEC Al Daayen (61). (41). “There was one case of anaphylaxis because the child had eaten sesame oil biscuits and had an allergic reaction. There was another case of food allergy, and both patients are now stable and discharged.”
Wednesday’s number in PEC Al Sadd was higher than the first day of Eid Al Adha, and according to Dr. Al Amri, there is a trend in which cases are higher on the second day of Eid than on the first. “There were no critical cases, and they were treated properly and sent home,” he added.
According to Ali Darwish, Assistant Executive Director of the Ambulance Service, the Ambulance Service attended to 155 cases from 12 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Wednesday. “There were four traffic accidents and one medical case out of 155, which was evacuated by Lifeflight, the helicopter. “The rest were medical and minor trauma, either at home or at work,” he explained.
Darwish explained why the number was higher on the second morning of Eid Al Adha by saying that the community was more indoors on the first day of Eid as families gathered, and on the second day they went out to use outdoor facilities and go to the beaches.

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