651 emergency cases reported on first day of Eid in Hamad and Al Wakrah hospitals

  • 1 month ago

On the first day of Eid Al-Fitr, a total of 651 cases related to gastrointestinal tract as a result of change in food habits were received by the Emergency Departments at Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Hamad General Hospital (HGH) and Al Wakrah Hospital.

HGH attended 291 cases for males and 140 for females, while the Al Wakrah Emergency Department received a total of 220 cases, 186 males and 34 females. Among the cases, a total of 39 were put on admission in both places. 

The officials confirmed that the above cases are not related to coronavirus (COVID-19).




All the cases were simple to moderate and none were critical, according to HMC Consultant of Emergency Medicine, Medical Toxicologist and Vice-Chairman for Corporate Affairs of HMC Department of Emergency Medicine, Dr. Galal Alessai.

He added that there were lesser cases this year compared to the previous year. He noted that this is due to people staying at home to adhere to the directives of the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) to containthe spread of the virus.

 Dr. Alessai said that most of the cases were related to gastrointestinal system because of the changes in the food habits. He added that the cases included abdominal distension, abdominal pain, gastroenteritis, joint pains, headache, chronic issues, follow-up for medication and minimal injuries.

He further stated that headache cases were as a result of change in food habits. There were only a few admissions and none of them were critical. Most of them were discharged after a few hours of staying in the hospital. Around three cases were cardiac-related while six were for surgery.

The medical expert disclosed that a number of health centres and workers’ hospitals were open, and this reduced the number of people at the Emergency Department yesterday.

Source: Hamad Medical Corporation