MDA: 2,019 People Needed Medical Assistance During Holiday

This year, like every other year, saw an increased demand for medical treatment by Israel's Magen David Adom (MDA) paramedic service during Yom Kippur.

Medics and paramedics treated 2,019 people across Israel during the holiday. For 1,909 of them, their conditions were severe enough to warrant hospitalization.

Two hundred thirty-four people fainted, suffered dehydration, or felt weak due to fasting, 67 of whom were taken to hospitals.

Yom Kippur this year saw an unusual heatwave, which saw temperatures in some parts of the country hit 38 degrees Celsius (100 degrees Fahrenheit).

Eleven of those hospitalized required resuscitation. Two hundred eighty-two children, teens, and adults were treated for bicycle-related injuries. Another 21 Arab citizens were injured in car accidents: one moderately wounded and 20 lightly. Sixteen people were attacked by others.

Five women gave birth over the holiday, in Emanuel, Jerusalem, Ashdod, Herzeliya, and Bet Shemesh.

MDA provided blood transfusions to more than 60 needy people.

One person, a 30-year-old man, drowned off the coast of Tel Aviv. First responders tried to resuscitate him but were unsuccessful.


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