Five die in 2 days due to asthma at­tacks in Kuwait

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KUWAIT:

Five peo­ple have died due to asthma at­tacks, and breath­ing dif­fi­cul­ties over the past two days, Health Min­istry Un­der­sec­re­tary Dr Khaled Al-Sahlawi said yes­ter­day. Hos­pi­tals re­ceived 844 emer­gency cases in two days, five of them died, three in Mubarak Hospi­tal and two in the Amiri Hospi­tal, Al-Sahlawi added in a state­ment. Twenty-six cases were ad­mit­ted to in­ten­sive care units, and 45 to rooms. The rest re­ceived treat­ment.

All emer­gency clin­ics are ready to re­ceive any med­i­cal con­di­tions that need at­ten­tion, he said, urg­ing ci­ti­zens and res­i­dents to be cau­tious and call (112) for emer­gen­cies or (151) for med­i­cal ad­vice. Mean­while, head of AlAsima Health Direc­torate Dr Fa­tima Al-Asoumi quashed re­ports on so­cial me­dia about the clo­sure of two floors in the Amiri Hospi­tal due to a pan­demic virus out­break of (H1N1), ex­plain­ing that the only flu virus that has been cir­cu­lated among the pub­lic is that of sea­sonal flu.

Di­rec­tor of the Amiri Hospi­tal Dr Ali Al-Alanda also dis­missed the ru­mors, blam­ing bad weather con­di­tions for caus­ing many peo­ple to have res­pi­ra­tory prob­lems, es­pe­cially pa­tients suf­fer­ing asthma and al­lergy.

Mean­while, the min­istry of In­te­rior’s re­la­tion and se­cu­rity in­for­ma­tion depart­ment urged all mo­torists to be care­ful while driv­ing in rain to avoid ac­ci­dents. The depart­ment also urged them to call 112 in any emer­gen­cies to re­quest help. In­ter­mit­tent rains con­tin­ued in many parts of Kuwait yes­ter­day caus­ing road ac­ci­dents and traf­fic con­ges­tion.

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