STORM SPARKS RUSH TO ECHUCA HOSPITAL
WEDNESDAY night’s stormy conditions saw several people end up in Echuca hospital with respiratory conditions.
A Tongala man said his 11-year-old daughter was one of many patients at Echuca’s emergency department on Wednesday night with what he believed was thunderstorm asthma.
The man, who did not wish to be named, said his daughter, who is a chronic asthmatic, started feeling a tightness in her chest just after 6pm.
‘‘She said she wasn’t feeling right and she started to go pale,’’ he said.
After giving her Ventolin, he drove her to the ED, where he was told his daughter was ‘‘the third patient in ve minutes to come in with the same symptoms’’.
‘‘In the next hour or so, more people started coming in with the same thing, one after the other with various degrees of severity. I heard of at least six,’’ the man said.
‘‘The doctors were very busy and I don’t think there were any beds available.’’
While his daughter wasn’t considered an emergency, nurses monitored her until she was eventually seen by a doctor about three hours later.
‘‘She was hooked up to the machines,’’ he said.
‘‘If she hadn’t had her preventatives and I didn’t take her to emergency, it might have been a different story.’’
A Department of Health and Human Services spokesperson said two patients were treated in Echuca’s emergency department overnight Wednesday for respiratory conditions which were not related to thunderstorm asthma.
‘‘Both were admitted overnight, but have since been discharged,’’ he said.
The spokesperson said the department issued a moderate thunderstorm asthma forecast for parts of Victoria at the weekend.
‘‘At the time, there were moderate level pollen counts, combined with severe thunderstorm activity in central, northern central and northern country resulting in the moderate epidemic thunderstorm asthma forecast,’’ he said.
‘‘This was not a high forecast and no thunderstorm asthma warnings were issued. It was for people to be prepared, not alarmed.
‘‘The department monitored the situation closely.’’
A new world- rst alert system was recently launched in Victoria in a bid to prevent another thunderstorm asthma disaster such as the one in Melbourne this year that killed nine people. The new $15 million system is supposed to give residents up to three days’ warning of conditions that could cause the deadly condition. A website and app provides forecasts, information and alerts about potential thunderstorm asthma conditions.
She was hooked up to the machines. If she hadn’t had her preventatives and I didn’t take her to emergency, it might have been a different story
POLICE are appealing for help into a burglary and car theft in Echuca overnight Wednesday.
Sergeant Neil Hodson of Echuca police said thieves broke into Community Living and Respite Service’s op shop in Percy St and stole a credit card and personal papers.
They then used the credit card to buy $350 worth of petrol and food from a fuel station and Echuca McDonald’s between 6am and 7am yesterday.
‘‘We’re still looking for the offenders and are making inquiries into this,’’ Sgt Hodson said.
‘‘We’re also looking into CCTV from surrounding shops.’’
Sgt Hodson said a gold 2000 Commodore, valued at about $2000, was also stolen from the back of the Echuca Backpackers in High St between 7pm Wednesday and 7am yesterday.
Thieves also tried unsuccessfully to break into Evolve Accounting in Anstruther St the same night.
‘‘They quite possibly may all be related,’’ Sgt Hodson said.
Anyone with information about any of these incidents is urged to contact police on 5483 1500 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
POLICE are also investigating a couple of burglaries in Echuca overnight Saturday.
Thieves entered the back door of a house in Darling St and stole a wallet from the bench.
A shed was also broken into at a property under construction in Pakenham St, and $1000 worth of tools were stolen.
Detective Sergeant Darren Dean of Echuca Criminal Investigation Unit appealed to anyone who may have seen anything suspicious that night to come forward.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Echuca police on 5483 1500 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
' We’re also looking into CCTV from surrounding shops. They (the crimes) quite ’ possibly may all be related '