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INJURIES caused by falls, some even involving broken bones, and heatstroke account for a quarter of the cases handled at the Expo site's medical stations. And with the arrival of summer holiday, there has been an increase in children seeking treatment.

By the beginning of this week, the five medical stations inside the Expo site had tended to 42,301 patients, about 0.14 percent of Expo visitors. The 10 medical spots at Expo entrances saw 8,544 patients, most suffering sickness related to fatigue after long bus journeys or queuing, local health officials told a city government Expo briefing yesterday.

The 10 ambulances inside the Expo site had transferred 1,467 patients to designated hospitals and 220 children to Shanghai Children's Medical Center for further observation and treatment.

The large number of cases reflects the increasing number of Expo visitors, which reached a total of 30 million yesterday. Since July 5, the Expo has had more than 400,000 visitors each day.

"We saw double the number of children patients this month and most suffering from heatstroke, injuries due to falls and diarrhea," said Wang Ziying from the Shuguang Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital, which runs a medical station in Zone C. "The station received over 300 patients every day and 10 percent were children."

Officials said injuries due to overcrowding, fatigue, heatstroke and diarrhea were their major concerns. Other problems dealt with were pre-existing conditions.

The health authorities are cooperating with the local meteorological bureau to enhance disease prevention and administration in the current hot weather. Shanghai health authorities are also to introduce some 300 volunteers to guide visitors to smoke at designated places and stop them lighting up elsewhere on the Expo site.

Facilities at the 28 designated smoking spots have been renovated. There will also be public education campaigns about the harmful effects of smoking and the training of Expo staff to tighten controls inside Expo, officials said.


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