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Qataris hospitalised for overeating on first night of Ramadan

Al Ahli Hospital staff say they are seeing between 10-15 gastritis cases daily as a result of overeating

Qataris hospitalised for overeating on first night of Ramadan
Foreign Muslim workers break their fast with a free Iftar dinner during the holy month of Ramadan. (AFP/Getty Images - for illustrative purposes only)

Qatari hospitals have begun receiving scores of patients suffering severe abdominal pains as a result of overeating during the first night of Ramadan, with an average of up to 15 patients expected to be admitted each night during the holy month.

“Most of the cases at the emergency room during Ramadan are gastritis, we see between 10 to 15 cases of overeating every day,” a medical staff member at Al Ahli Hospital told Arabian Business on Wednesday, the first night of the holy month of Ramadan.

“They generally start arriving at the emergency room around 8-8:30pm in severe gastric pain and with repeated vomiting. They can’t stop vomiting without medication because there is an inflammation of the mucosa of the stomach,” the staff member said.

Patients were treated with intravenous injections of a mix of medications including painkillers, anti-inflammatory drugs and emetics.

Last year, over 100 people were admitted to the emergency department of a Doha hospital suffering from abdominal pains after the first night of Ramadan, with other patients also suffering the effects of dehydration and kidney problems.

“Usually during summer we receive many patients having GE (gastroenteritis) and because many people tend to eat a lot during Ramadan, they usually fall victim to foods that are not properly stored and which have got some bacteria accumulated on it. The people then suffer diarrhoea, stomach upset and vomiting after eating such food,” Dr Warda Ali Al Sadd, chief consultant of the emergency department at the Hamad Medical Corporation told the Doha-based Gulf Times newspaper last year.

“We have also received many patients suffering from renal colic due to a combination of dehydration, hot weather and fasting and triggered by their kidney or urethral stones,” Al-Sadd added.

During the first week of Ramadan in 2011, reported figures showed that 7,700 cases of fasting-related illnesses were registered at the emergency department of Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC).

A report this week by the United Nations found populations in the Gulf have been rated as among the fattest in the world, with almost half of adults in Kuwait classed as obese.

The State of Food and Agriculture study said that rising obesity rates could cost the global economy $47trn over the next two decades, due to loss of labour productivity and fees associated with treating lifestyle diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.

Kuwait led the way with the highest proportion of obese adults in the GCC, with 42.8 percent falling into this bracket in 2008, followed by Saudi Arabia at 35.2 percent. In the UAE, 33.7 percent of the population were identified as having a serious weight problem, while in Qatar it was 33.1 percent and Bahrain 32.6 percent.

The report said that the prevalence of overweight and obese adults was rising in nearly all regions, with the global average increasing from 24 percent in 1980 to 34 percent to 2008.

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Alexander Paris 6 years ago


Asma AR 6 years ago

People in other parts of the world can not even afford to think what will they eat for Iftaar & here we have people who over eat. So totally against the purpose of Ramadan fasting. This is sad.

Bilal 6 years ago

yet another from arabian business, i have always noticed Arabian Buisiness will not let any opportunity to ridicule by twisting the news , telling half truths and lies so on and so forth.

Qatari 6 years ago

"Qataris hospitalised for overeating on first night of Ramadan
No where in the article does it specify that they are Qataris. Thanks again Arabian Business for making your agenda very clear for us.

John Thomas 6 years ago

@ Qatari.... dude you are touchy!!! chill out! but let's get to the core of it.... the article reads "Qatari hospitals have begun receiving scores of patients suffering severe abdominal pains as a result of overeating during the first night of Ramadan,"... Last we checked the Qatari hospitals will be most likely located in Qatar?? (would you agree??)... I am sure it was not the overwhelming expat population which do not observe Ramadan who were rushed to "Qatari" hospitals located in "Qatar" for overeating in the first night of Ramadan (which again they do not observe)... see where I am heading... ?? Take a chill pill; you're gonna give yourself a heart attack (unless you are already in the hospital for overeating)...

Ali 6 years ago

To be fair, there are many expats who observe Ramadan; in Saudi Arabia and UAE, more than half of all "expats" are Muslim and that may be the situation in Qatar as well.

SPP 6 years ago

Wonder whats gonna happen to the Kuwaiti citizens with the new hospital rules and everything! Are they gonna wait until the next morning to go to the hospitals?

Qatari 6 years ago

@Mr.Chill Pill, Muslims make up around 77% of the population in Qatar, and only 8% of the population in Qatar are Qatari locals. Educate yourself and do the maths.

Arabian man 6 years ago

Sometimes we wonder whose side is AB on, judging by the name one is forced to think that AB stands for arab and arabian culture and ethos. But sadly AB brings out in the contrary when it concerns the arabs.
We feel AB is biased and should be henceforth called
AAB(Anti-Arabian Business). So much for the fence eating the crop and spitting in the plate that you are eating from.

Guess AB will not publish this as it is speaking the truth.

DNS 6 years ago

Dear Arabian Man

Do you think AB would be able to be registered inDubai, if it were its news articles anti-arab or anti-middle eastern?

You for one, need to accept the truth too...I know it is painful, but thats the reality.