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Raising Number of Asthma and Allergy Cases After Sandstorms in Dammam

DammamAfter the strong sandstorms that cities and towns witnessed Friday evening, hospitals were asked to receive large numbers of and cases following the weather change. According to Health Affairs Department sources, within seven hours after a sandstorm hit , around 420 cases of asthma and allergy cases were reported in Eastern Province hospitals.

“The emergency sections of many hospitals received an unprecedented number of patients. The Maternity and Children’s Hospital in Dammam received 260 cases, Dammam Medical Center 73 cases, Jubail General Hospital 40 cases and Qatif Central Hospital 47 cases. The majority of the victims were the elderly and children” said Asaad Saud, spokesman of the department. He added “All government hospitals in the region are qualified to receive asthma and allergic patients as they have qualified doctors and modern medicines to treat such diseases”.

He also mentioned “Dr. Tarik Al-Salim, director general of health in the province, has instructed all hospitals to receive such emergency patients and provide them with necessary treatment without delay”. In addition to these instructions, he mentioned the department’s efforts to enhance public awareness on health matters.

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