IFTAR OVEREATERS RUSHED TO HOSPITAL IN DUBAI, U.A.E.
Dubai, U.A.E. -More than 100 people were rushed to hospital in the first five days of Ramadan after gorging at iftars, a top UAE medic warns.
Dr Magdi Mohamed, of Abu Dhabi’s Burjeel Hospital, said stomach pain was the leading problem, with a third of patients at its emergency room suffering from food-related ailments.
“This is roughly what we expect, it happens every year,” he told Arabian Business magazine. “However, the number of cases tends to be higher at the beginning of the Holy Month, before people’s bodies have grown accustomed to fasting.”
Of the patients who turned up at hospital, about five or six each day were admitted as inpatients for more intensive treatment, said Dr Mohamed, a specialist in emergency medicine.
The most common conditions seen are gastritis, in which the stomach’s lining becomes inflamed, and the bacterial infection gastroenteritis.