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Rabu, 20 Julai 2011

Students are main casualties at gathering, say medics

Amir Noor

Members of Brunei Red Crescent helping one of the participants to get medical attention from the medical team. Picture: BT/Saifulizam

THE medical team assigned at the Temburong District's 'get-together' ceremony with His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam recorded a total of seven cases of casualties, which mainly involved students.

Speaking to The Brunei Times, Senior Nurse Hj Helmi Hj Nayan, who led and monitored the 21 member team, said he was confident that his team would be able to handle any situation that might arised, since he had sufficient number of staff and equipment. His only main concern was the weather instability.

"Only the weather can be our problem as it is the probable cause for a heatstroke," he said. Dividing the medical stations into three main camps, Hj Helmi elaborated each of their specialised functions where one would cater to the VIP guest, another one was for the performers and one for the public.

The seven cases that needed attention yesterday involved mainly students who suffered dizziness,stomachache and one experienced fatigue. There was also two cases of students stung by bees and a student suffered a broken arm from a fall.

"In most cases, the students suffered dizziness or weak because they don't eat the food which were given to them," said Hj Helmi.

"Sometimes they are not used to the food or just don't like it so they don't eat it hence the result."

A total of 14 schools participated in yesterday's event where students came to either to wave the mini national flags or doing the field performance during His Majesty's visit to the Temburong District at the Civic Centre area in Bangar Town.

The Brunei Times -->Wednesday, July 20, 2011

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