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Less number of road accidents recorded on first day of Eid – The Peninsula Qatar

25 May 2020 - 8:54

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Emergency Department at Hamad General Hospital (HGH) and Al Wakra Hospital have treated 651 cases on the first day of Eid Al Fitr due to several reasons including road accidents, stomach ailments, respiratory problems and trauma.

However, the number of cases especially the number of road traffic accidents have reduced because many have stayed home as a preventive measure against COVID-19, said Dr. Galal Saleh Al Essai, Vice-Chairman for Corporate Affairs, Department of Emergency Medicine, Hamad Medical Corporation.

Many of them were minor and moderate cases and were sent home after treatment, he told The Peninsula. Cases received both at HGH and Al Wakra Emergency Department were not serious or critical and most of them were simple or routine ones related to digestive and respiratory diseases. Among them very few were admitted for continued treatment and others were treated and sent back home. We have seen a decrease in road accident related cases this year, possibly because people keep indoors and no activities are being held due to COVID-19, he added.

Emergency Department at HGH has received a total of 431 cases, among them 291 were male, 140 female, 16 patients were admitted for further treatment.

The Emergency Department at Al Wakra hospital has treated a total of 220 cases, among them 186 male, 34 female and 23 were admitted for further treatment. The Ambulance Service has received 869 calls and among them 60 were related to traffic accidents.

Also the Ambulance Service at HMC the Pediatric Emergency Centres (PEC) received many patients but all were simple routine ones with no critical cases reported from any of the departments.

HMC has continued to provide smooth delivery of Emergency and essential services across the hospitals during the ongoing Eid Al Adha holidays.

As we were well prepared to receive patients during the Eid holidays. The team with specialised doctors, nurses and paramedics, we ensure that operations are not affected and patients are given the best care, said Dr Al Essai.

When Eid Al Fitr festivities were approaching, HMC had cautioned people against road accidents and eating habits. The Ministry of Public Health stressed the importance for the elderly or those suffering from chronic diseases and their family members to follow strict measures to reduce the chances of infection, including refraining from social visits during Eid Al Fitr.

During the first three days of Eid Al Fitr holidays in 2019, HMCs HGH treated at least 1,524 cases for several conditions including stomach ailments, respiratory problems and trauma. The Emergency Department at Al Wakra Hospital treated around 656 cases in the first three days of Eid.

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