Road accidents drive rise in UAE National Day emergency call-outs

National Ambulance says it received over 1,000 calls during holiday period in Northern Emirates
By Staff writer
Fri 15 Dec 2017 03:39 PM

Figures released by the National Ambulance showed a rise in demand for its services in the Northern Emirates during the UAE National Day holiday.

The emergency care provider received more than 1,000 calls over the four-day public holiday, of which 763 required emergency resources, state news agency WAM reported.

On December 2, 271 calls were made to National Ambulance Communications Centre, of which 200 were responded to. The volume of calls was 46 percent higher than an average typical day and 27 percent higher than last year’s National Day, WAM added.

It said the main reason for the number of incidents requiring an emergency ambulance during the public holiday was for motor vehicle accidents. In total, National Ambulance responded to 203 accidents, 52 of which were on National Day itself, which is a 73 percent increase on an average day.

The other main reasons for responding included people feeling unwell and from falls, WAM reported.

Ahmed Saleh Al Hajeri, deputy CEO of National Ambulance, said: "National Day is a very important occasion that we all celebrate and thank the nation for all that it gives to us. While the country was celebrating, National Ambulance was proud to support the community in ensuring that everyone could enjoy and participate in many events across the Northern Emirates."

National Ambulance commenced operations in the Northern Emirates in 2014 to provide dedicated emergency care across the emirates of Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Qaiwain, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah.

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Last Updated: Fri 15 Dec 2017 04:30 PM GST

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