Punjab’s public and private hospitals faced an emergency of sorts during the Eid holidays after over 18,000 patients were admitted on gastrointestinal related illnesses after consuming too much meat.

Around 3,000 people were admitted in hospitals in Lahore alone, with most complaining of stomach ache, heartburn and high blood pressure.

Anticipating the influx of overeating citizens, the Punjab government had already put public hospitals on high alert, with doctors, nurses and paramedical staff on duty to administer to the population’s needs.