Pharmacist rushes to help victims of Manchester bombing

Khalid Ahmed spent four hours helping people on Monday night

Pharmacist Khalid Ahmed went to Manchester Arena following the terrorist attack on Monday night to help the “traumatised” victims.

Mr Ahmed (pictured below) – superintendent pharmacist at online business Your UK Pharmacy – said he gathered “bandages and ibuprofen” from his premises in Cheadle, Manchester and took them to the arena to “help support the victims”.

“I got there around 11pm, but we couldn’t go beyond the cordon line,” Mr Ahmed told UK publication, Chemist + Druggist on May 25.

He described the “chaotic” scene when he arrived. “There were kids crying and people were traumatised and in shock,” he said. 

Helping the emergency services

Mr Ahmed said he wanted to provide support to the emergency services to “alleviate their pressure”.

“There were people who had left [behind] inhalers,” he said. “I drove a patient to a midnight pharmacy.”

He also described how there were many children without their parents, who he directed towards police officers.

“You have to signpost the majority of the work to the healthcare professionals and the police,” he added. “I had conversations with over 100 people.”

“I [finished] about half three or four in the morning. It was a tiring experience – but a worthwhile one,” he said.

“Being a pharmacist is not just a nine-to-five job. It was traumatic, but you have to take it on the chin.”

Greater Manchester Police have confirmed 22 people died and at least 59 were injured as a result of the attack.

Click here to donate to the Red Cross Manchester emergency fund.

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