THE Salmaniya Medical Complex (SMC) was fully geared to provide the best possible medical care to people injured in the boat accident last night.
Health Minister Dr Nada Haffadh was joined by senior Health Ministry officials and Capital Governor Shaikh Humood bin Abdulla Al Khalifa at the accident and emergency department in supervising the emergency operations.
Eleven people - nine men and two women-had been brought to the emergency room up to 1 am, Dr Haffadh told newsmen, who were waiting outside the emergency department.
Among them were six Indians, two Singaporeans, one British, one Filipino and one South African.
Some of them suffered head and face injuries, but all of them are in a stable condition, said Dr Haffadh.
The first victim was brought to the hospital at 11pm, she revealed.
Eleven ambulances, two of them from the BDF Hospital, were deployed for the rescue operations, the minister said.
SMC accident and emergency department chairman Dr Nabeel Al Ansari said doctors and nurses who were off duty were called to the emergency room as soon as he heard about the accident.
"We had 20 doctors, 40 nurses and 24 paramedics on duty," he revealed.
"One doctor and paramedic were attending to people at the accident spot."
*The Interior Ministry says it has set up a hotline for people seeking information about the passengers: 1-777-00000