ISLAMABAD: Over 400 people sustained head injuries while performing one-wheeling on motorbikes on roads in Islamabad and Rawalpindi from chand raat till the third day of Eid. Majority of the victims were between the ages of 15 and 25 years.
According to the Rescue 1122 Rawalpindi, four people were reportedly injured while performing one-wheeling in the city and were taken to the hospital.
Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), the capital’s largest public hospital, received over 200 people with head injuries. Of them 30 were brought in serious condition, 60 were admitted and 20 operations were performed.
Dr Waseem Khawaja, spokesperson for PIMS, said the emergency department of the hospital was flooded with patients who sustained head injuries while performing motorbike stunts.
Meanwhile Dr Tanveer Malik, spokesperson to Polyclinic, said the hospital received around 190 youngsters who sustained head injuries while performing one-wheeling. Speaking to The Express Tribune he said a majority of them were discharged after being given initial treatment.
Dr Malik said those who sustain minor head injuries face no future complications.
However those who suffer from moderate to severe injuries are at risk of losing their life, he said.
When contacted senior official of Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP) Khalid Rasheed said on the second day of Eid a total of 67 motorbikes were seized. 306 challans were issued and Rs158,200 were collected in fine. He said all-out efforts were made to control all these people violating traffic rules and putting their and others lives at stake.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 21st, 2015.