Nurses attend to students. - BAHYIAH BAKIR
Twenty-two people collapsed from heat exhaustion during the first meet-and-greet session with His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam yesterday morning, held in conjunction with the monarch's 65th birthday celebrations at Padang Bandaran Kuala Belait.
Fortunately, they were all in good hands thanks to the readily available teams of medical personnel who had been deployed at the scene to ensure the safety and well-being of the public.
Eighteen medical teams from Suri Seri Begawan Hospital and Panaga Hospital comprising doctors, nurses, support staff and paramedics strolled the fields making sure the strong crowd of VIPs, students and other well-wishers were in good shape.
Red Crescent Society volunteers were also on hand to assist medics monitoring the thousands-strong crowd.
According to one of the medical teams, the affected were mainly those struck by heat exhaustion or dehydration, who were then brought to one of the five makeshift first-aid stations strategically located at the venue. No admission cases were recorded.
According to a Suri Seri Begawan Hospital personnel, most people suffered hypoglyceamia (low-blood sugar) because they had neglected breakfast and had not properly hydrated themselves throughout the morning.
Medical officers advise those who will attend future meet-and-greet sessions to get a good night's rest, but most importantly, to have breakfast and bring bottled water, especially for the flag-waving students.
- Borneo Bulletin Online - Monday, July 18, 2011.