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Rabu, 23 Februari 2011

Four medical field clinics treat 93 ailing participants

Quratul-Ain Bandial, Amir Noor and Koo Jin Shen

NINETY-THREE people suffering from various ailments were reported at the four medical field clinics stationed in the capital during the 27th National Day celebrations at Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar 'Ali Saifuddien yesterday.

Three of the patients were taken to Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital for further treatment.
Hypoglacemia, dehydration, gastric pains, heatstroke, fever, vomiting, giddiness, asthma, headache and abdominal pains were among the most common complaints from the patients, mostly consisting of participants of the National Day procession.
"Many people didn't eat before they came to the padang in the morning resulting in low blood sugar and dehydration. Some people who suffer from chronic illnesses are affected by heat and crowded conditions. There are also some people who forget to take their medication," said Hjh Nora Hj Yusof, head of Emergency Medical Ambulance Services (Emas).
It was to cater for any potential medical emergency that the Ministry of Health (MoH) set up four makeshift clinics in the capital, one at the Taman, one at the Royal Regalia, one at the waterfront and another medical reception service (MRS) clinic which was run by the Royal Brunei Armed Forces.The ministry deployed 202 medical personnel to ensure the safety of the public and 21,000 participants during the festivities. The nine medical teams that were stationed around the national day venue comprised 13 doctors, 45 paramedics, 60 nurses and 100 volunteers from the Red Crescent Society.

If a casualty were to be sighted on the field, the closest medical team will respond by extracting the patient off the field on a stretcher and taking them to the nearest makeshift clinic.

Hjh Nora said there were also nine ambulances on standby around the capital to transfer patients to the hospital if the need arises.

The air-conditioned clinics, housed in makeshift tents, provide a welcome respite for most patients who were treated on the spot by medical personnel. Most patients were given an oral rehydration salt to combat water loss while more serious cases are treated with a glucose drip.

A medical officer at the MRS Clinic, Lt Pg Hjh Salizah Pg Hj Ibrahim said they received two serious cases this year of patients complaining of chest pains. One recovered and was discharged while the other was sent to Ripas Hospital for further tests. Chest pains could be the result of lack of oxygen, so an oxygen-mask was supplied to the patient before he boarded an ambulance, she said.

Yani Norhafidahyani Juali, a student from Sultan Sharif Ali Secondary School was one of the field performers who fainted before the main performance began.

"I had trained for a week for this event,"she said with disappointment. Yani told The Brunei Times she felt fine in the morning and was excited to take part in the festivities. "Then I collapsed. I lost my umbrella, so now I can only watch," she said, after spending two hours inside the army tent recovering.

(Above) Medical personnel helping one of the participants who fainted due to the heat during the national day celebrations yesterday.

(Center) One of the participants carried away on a stretcher to get medical attention during the 27th National Day celebrations at Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar 'Ali Saifuddien in the capital.

(Below) A girl gets help to get on a stretcher after feeling sick due to the heat during the national day celebrations yesterday.

Picture: BT/Hj Md Ali, Yusri Adanan

The Brunei Times-->Thursday, February 24, 2011

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