MOH News
Dr. Al Arnous: “Field Treatment of (16,947) Pilgrims by Mini Ambulances”
28 October 2013
The Director General of the MOH Emergency Department and Chairman of the Emergency and Field Medicine Committee during Hajj 1434H, Dr. Taareq bin Salem Al-Arnous, demonstrated that medical teams accompanying 90 mini ambulances served as mobile intensive care units for 16,674 pilgrims from the 8th until the 12th day of the month of Dhul-Hijjah. 300 of these cases have been transferred to hospitals located at the holy sites.

Dr. Al-Arnous pointed out that the medical teams commenced work on the 8th of Dhul-Hijjah by treating 2,373 cases and transferring 54 to hospital. On the day of 'Arafah, 3,243 cases were treated and 43 were transferred. On the first day of Tashreeq, 4,758 cases were treated and 82 were transferred. On the 11th, 4,758 cases were treated and 87 were transferred. On the last day of Tashreeq, 1,201 cases were treated and 12 cases were transferred, therefore totaling 16,614 cases that were treated or transferred.

Concerning the holy sites’ train, Dr. Al-Arnous stated that statistics were taken starting from the day of 'Arafah. 54 cases were treated, 3 of which were transferred. On the 10th of Dhul-Hijjah, 130 cases were treated, 8 of which were transferred. On the second day of Tashreeq 97 cases were treated and 6 cases were transferred. On the third day of Tashreeq, 2 cases were transferred and 33 cases were treated. Thus, the total of treated and transferred cases via the holy sites’ train reached 333. A number of 314 were treated, 19 of which were transferred reaching a total of (16,947) treated and transferred cases in the 1434H Hajj season. He emphasized that these teams are totally capable of dealing with all emergency cases and making the right decisions in all circumstances that require quick intervention.

Moreover, Dr. Al-Arnous added that mini ambulances are considered intensive care units that provide treatment to patients, and are able to reach heavily crowded sites. They contribute to reducing complications and sustaining patient well-being, -Allah willing-.


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