Six persons treated by ambulance service staff at counting centres

ST CORRESPONDENT
Saturday, 25 May 2019

The common complaints included abdominal pain, chest pain, trauma and hypotension (low blood pressure). Hypotension and abdominal pain are common symptoms of dehydration. For this, over 100 members were present across Maharashtra   — Dr Dnyaneshwar Shelke (COO at BVG MEMS)

PUNE: Maharashtra Emergency Medical Services (MEMS) deployed four ambulances at the counting centres in Balewadi stadium and Koregaon Park during counting of votes for the Lok Sabha elections 2019 on Thursday. 

The ambulance service was availed for six patients with medical conditions during the day, including dehydration due to the scorching heat.

Speaking about the counting day, Dr Dnyaneshwar Shelke, Chief Operating Officer (COO) at BVG, MEMS, said ambulances were not just deployed in Pune but at all counting stations across the State. 

“Over 25 ambulances were deployed at counting stations and 94 emergencies were taken care of by 108 services on the counting day. The common complaints included abdominal pain, chest pain, trauma and hypotension (low blood pressure). Hypotension and abdominal pain are common symptoms of dehydration. For this, over 100 members were present across Maharashtra,” said Dr Shelke.

As per the details shared by the MEMS in Pune, the first patient, who approached the ambulance service, was a 30-year-old female from Yerawada complaining of severe headache and irritability. It was mid-morning time and weather being too hot, this patient seemed to be exhausted. The ambulance team checked her and her vitals were noted. She was offered some cold water to drink and medicine was given. 

At the Balewadi stadium, during the early morning hours, a 50-year-old male patient from Warje approached the 108 ambulance stationed near the stadium during the vote counting period. He was complaining of weakness and bodyache. After checking, the vitals showed that he was suffering from high grade fever. Patient was given necessary treatment and discharged.

Two patients sought help for injuries received in accidents. A 55-year-old male patient met with an accident at home, where his left index finger was injured and was bleeding. He was given treatment.  There were two more patients who met with accidents and experienced abdominal pain.

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