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Sharjah hospitals report 70% increase in patient visits after Iftar time

Two hospitals in Sharjah have reported a 70% increase in the number of patients visiting the facilities after Iftar time every day since Ramadan began, complaining of stomach pain or indigestion, Khaleej Times has reported. Doctors said overeating, change in the eating time, improper management of chronic diseases and staying awake late into the night are to blame for the spike in patient numbers. "Lack of awareness among fasting Muslims about proper nutrition, bad practices and their stress on quantity rather than quality cause many of them to suffer stomach-aches and rush to hospitals after Iftar time," said Yousif Al Serkal, director of Al Kuwaiti Hospital.