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DOHA: At least three deaths were reported to Hamad Medical Corporation’s emergency services on the second day of Eid Al Adha here yesterday.
Another tragic incident that HMC’s emergency unit attended to involved a speeding bus that hit a three-year-old child in Ain Khalid locality. The child suffered critical injuries.
Details of one of the three deaths suggested that a Nepalese died on the spot late on Friday night having been a victim of a car-pick-up crash in the Industrial Area.
Another person suffered serious injuries in the same mishap. There were in all 30 road accidents brought to the notice of HMC emergency services.
Traffic movement on the roads and highways was otherwise smooth yesterday due to large presence of traffic police and personnel from other public security agencies. There were hardly any serious traffic snarls anywhere, as a result of hectic patrolling.
Some traffic accidents were reported in the Sealine area in Mesaieed but, thankfully, there were no casualties. In one incident, a motorcycle caught fire.
An increasing number of nationals has been calling on the authorities to introduce tough regulations on car and motorcycle racing in the Sealine locality, particularly as people involved in accidents are youth.
Most mishaps occur in remote desert areas so reaching medical help becomes a difficult and time-consuming, say critics.
Sand dune areas need strict monitoring by helicopters so that those involved in accidents due to reckless driving or racing could be provided instant medical attention.
It was a hectic day for the emergency section of HMC on the second day of Eid as more than 1,300 cases were reported during the day. Most of them related to stomach upsets and ailments.
Doctors said high red meat intake, especially eating the meat of sheep which has high fat content in large quantities, was responsible for stomach disorders in a vast majority of cases.
The emergency unit received some 104 calls and at least half the number of them were for help in critical cases, including road accidents.
More than 55 people turned up with heart-related complications—some of them complaining of severe to moderate chest pain.
The helicopter services of the emergency unit was active too and attended to three cases in different parts of the country after receiving calls for instant assistance.