18,000 Citizens Land in Punjab Hospitals
During the Eid holidays in Punjab and Lahore, an emergency situation was declared in both public and private hospitals as approximately 18,000 patients were admitted with gastrointestinal ailments. The influx of patients during this time was primarily due to overeating and disregarding precautionary measures while consuming the meat of sacrificed animals and other foods during the religious festival of Eid-ul-Azha.
The Rush of Patients
The main hospitals in Lahore, including Mayo Hospital, Services Hospital, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Jinnah Hospital, Lahore General Hospital, Kot Khawaja Saeed Hospital, and Government Shahdara Hospital, witnessed a significant rush of patients over the three-day period. Hospital administrations had been alerted by the Punjab Health Department beforehand and additional arrangements were made to accommodate the increased number of patients.
According to estimates, a total of 18,000 patients sought emergency treatment for gastrointestinal issues during the three days of Eid across public hospitals in Punjab. The emergency wards were filled with patients experiencing stomach pain and other related ailments. In Lahore alone, 2,000 patients were admitted to the emergency wards of the six major hospitals during the first two days of Eid. Hospitals such as Mayo Hospital and Service Hospital received a large number of patients, including children.
The Punjab Health Department emphasized the importance of consuming lemon and yogurt along with meat and advised individuals with pre-existing health conditions to avoid overeating. The combination of lemon and yogurt helps in digestion and reduces the chances of gastrointestinal problems. However, many people neglected this advice and indulged in excessive eating, leading to the surge in patients seeking medical help.
Pharmacies and Medical Stores
Apart from hospitals, citizens also flocked to pharmacies and medical stores in the city to purchase medicine for the symptoms caused by overeating. Pharmacies experienced a surge in demand for antacids, digestive enzymes, and other medications to alleviate stomach discomfort and digestive issues. It is crucial for individuals to seek medical advice and consume appropriate medication when necessary.
The Eid holidays in Punjab and Lahore witnessed an emergency situation in hospitals due to the overwhelming number of patients seeking treatment for gastrointestinal ailments. This situation could have been avoided if people had followed the recommended precautions and avoided overeating. It is essential to prioritize one’s health during festive seasons and adhere to guidelines provided by healthcare authorities.