Hospitals in UAE receive double the patients ‘due to Ramadan over-indulgence’
Hospitals in the UAE capital are seeing an excessive amount of patients in their emergency ward with problems relating to gastroenteritis, which is an infection of the gut, during the fasting month of Ramadan.
This is due to people eating a large amounts of food and overindulging during iftar (sunset meal) and suhoor (pre-dawn meal), which eventually leads to stomach pain and vomiting, according to the Dubai-based Khaleej Times.
“We are receiving too many patients with abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea in Ramadan, it is really too much now. Sometimes we receive an entire family all at once,” said Dr Ola Nagi Ibrahim, General Practitioner in Bareen Hospital, Abu Dhabi, told the newspaper.
They are receiving double the number of patients they normally receive during the month of Ramadan, the doctor added. Several other medics in other hospitals who were interviewed by the paper also reported a surge in patients with gastro intestinal complaints.
Most doctors are recommending eating food that is prepared in hygienic conditions, and a light meal to break fast such as water, dates, and a salad. The meal should also be low in fat and should be high in protein, carbohydrates and minerals.