There has been a significant decline in the number of Carnival-related incidents this year when compared to last year.
While Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) responded to 206 reports in 2016- 36 alone during the opening of carnival, this year for the summer festival- from beginning to end- they responded to only 38 calls.
This momentous drop is being attributed to the Carnival Season’s Strategic Plan of action coordinated by the Antigua and Barbuda Emergency Medical Service (ABEMS).
Head of the EMS, Shawn Greenidge, in hailing the plan a success, praised the hard work by “the dedicated staff of ABEMS [who] showed their commitment to providing the best pre hospital services to the citizens, residents, and visitors of Antigua and Barbuda during the 60thanniversary Carnival celebrations.”
EMS officials said they were quite pleased with this drastic drop and expressed hope that it will continue for next year’s festival.
The ABEMS responded to 16 calls during T-Shirt Mas’ on July 29; 14 reports on Carnival Monday and eight incidents on Carnival Tuesday.
According to EMS officials, 22 of the emergency calls were alcohol-related involving individuals ranging in age from 16 to 54- the highest percentage being 16 to 19.
There were 17 trauma and medical cases-one of which occurred inside the Antigua Recreation Grounds (Carnival City).