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Sabtu, 16 Julai 2011

Healers aim for a spotless and safe parade

Sally Piri

A TOTAL of 125 medical teams from both Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (Ripas) Hospital and Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) were on standby yesterday during the parade for the 65th birthday celebration of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.

Two main temporary airconditioned emergency clinics had been set up by Ripas and RBAF and each of the tents were able to accommodate about 20 patients at a time.

Lt Pg Hjh Saliza Pg Hj Ibrahim, coordinator of the RBAF Medical Team, said that 53 military personnel were deployed.

Two ambulance cars were parked along Jln Pemancha near the RBAF's emergency clinic. Medical teams were also positioned beside the Royal Dais, she said, as well as four observers to monitor the sections inside the Taman. Other medical personnel were tasked to make their way around the marching contingents.

She said that the clinic was stocked with medical supplies, among other oropharyngeal airway or oral airway to maintain an open airway, intervenous fluids to treat dehydration and defibrillator to prevent a patient from going into complete cardiac arrest.

In a separate interview, Acting Senior Nursing Officer of Ripas Hospital's Accident and Emergency Department, Maraja Ulat, said that six ambulance cars were on standby on top of the three static clinics stationed at various locations outside the Taman. A total of 72 medical personnel were on duty during the event.

At the end of the parade, a total of 22 patients were treated at both clinics, 20 of whom were treated by the military medical personnel. They were reported to have suffered from heat stroke, dehydration and giddiness.

Medical personnel attending to dehydrated participant during His Majesty's 65th birthday celebration parade. Pictures: BT/Hj Mohd Ali, Saifulizam

Medical personnel carrying a parade participants who passed out. Picture: BT/Zamri Zainal, Raul Padernal, Saifulizam and Sally Piri


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