| Aziz Idris & Khal Baharulalam |
A TOTAL of 400 medical personnel were deployed in and around Bandar Seri Begawan yesterday to ensure the safety and well-being of the thousands who thronged the capital as the country observed the Sultanate’s 31st National Day.
The number of people who received medical attention reached nearly 150 yesterday, according to Field Medical Commander, Hajah Norazlina Haji Md Yusof and of this, 14 were rushed to Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital for medical treatment.
However, Hajah Nora who is also the Head of Accident and Emergency Department at RIPAS said that most of the cases were only “minor” and still “manageable”. No serious cases were reported.
Authorities from the Ministry of Health had established a command centre using a Medical Command Vehicle parked behind Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien to dispatch medical personnel from five static clinics including a Military Relay Station located at strategic locations within the capital with 11 ambulances on standby.
“Our top priority is to provide medical services for the performers and spectators, estimated to be close to 50,000. Preparations in logistics and medical training for members were done months before to ensure smooth operation and coordination,” said the medical commander.
The medical team included 40 doctors, paramedics from RIPAS Hospital, Brunei Darussalam Red Crescent Society, Humanitarian Emergency Aid Response Team and military personnel.
To ensure health was maintained during the parade and gathering under the morning heat, the Ministry of Health had given several advisories through the media prior to yesterday’s celebrations.