Sunday, March 27, 2011

Bahrain Dust Storm triggers hospital rush - 27th Mar 2011

DOZENS of people sought hospital treatment as a result of a dust storm that swept across Bahrain yesterday.

Doctors at Salmaniya Medical Complex (SMC) Accident and Emergency department said more than 50 people suffering from the effects of dust inhalation were given check-ups.

"While dust does not have any effect on people, except to cause minor irritation, it can cause complications among those suffering from asthma or other chronic conditions," said one doctor.

"It is recommended that anyone suffering from chronic conditions and feels discomfort should consult a doctor immediately.

"All those who came to the hospital with these conditions were administered first aid and discharged."

The doctor said while the lungs are constantly exposed to danger from the dust people breathe in, they also have defence mechanisms that protects them by removing dust particles from the respiratory system.

"Even though the lungs can clear themselves, excessive inhalation of dust may result in disease and so needs to be checked," he said. Read More