HIKERS on Penang Hill were kept busy with several cases of people fainting in the last few days and in the latest incident, a woman twisted her left ankle while coming down the steps from Level Five rest station.
The woman was carried on a stretcher by hikers to a waiting ambulance at Moon Gate.
Her female friend, who was walking with her, sought help from hikers passing by in the incident which occurred at about 5.50pm on Wednesday.
Hiker Tony Lim said about 10 hikers took turns to carry her down.
“Other hikers also gave a helping hand,” he said.
On March 18, a hiker fainted while coming down from Cendana Hill and was rescued by hikers who brought her down using a stretcher.
She was warded for almost 10 days at the Penang Hospital.
After that, an experienced hiker fainted due to low glucose level and was rushed to hospital.
Following that, at least three other hikers also fainted but recovered quickly with the help from other hikers using the trail.
Lim, who is Happy Hikers group deputy chief, said the searing heat could have been a factor for inexperienced hikers to faint.
“We hope hikers do not walk alone in isolated trails.
“Those hiking must take their meals to avoid passing out.
“In one case a few months ago, a woman in her 60s fainted near Level Six.
“She was given a helping hand by others. We found out she only took instant noodles for lunch and began hiking about four hours later.”
Lim urged the Penang Island City Council to provide a first aid box to the committee managing Level Five rest station so that the volunteers and other hikers can quickly attend to those who suffer from minor injuries.
Lim said newcomers and sometimes experienced hikers sustained injuries when they did not watch their step or when walking on slippery ground, especially after rain.
“Some hikers are rescued after dark but there is no proper lighting at the rest station.
“We hope the council will consider installing solar panels,” he said, adding the request was made about a year ago.
Lim said the council should consider constructing wooden benches at popular trails such as the steps from Moon Gate to Level Five for the benefit of hikers, especially newcomers and senior citizens.
Bukit Bendera MP Zairil Khir Johari said he would look into the matter.
“We will certainly consider the suggestions such as the first aid box,” he said.